Paul Ryan: ACA Repeal Will Defund Planned Parenthood


Republicans are not going to simply stop at repealing Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Jan. 5. They will also halt federal funding to Planned Parenthood in a move that has been widely protested by Democrats.

"The Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our [repeal] bill," Ryan told reporters Jan. 5, according to The Associated Press.

The GOP put forth a similar measure in 2016 to repeal Obamacare and defund the women's health clinic, which receives Medicaid funding to provide non-abortion healthcare to women with low income, as well as another source of government funding for contraception.

If Ryan's defunding provision passes, it will eliminate approximately $400 million in Medicaid per year from the organization and boot an estimated 400,000 women from government-funded healthcare, which Democrats and other proponents of the organization say would be detrimental to women across the country.

"Defunding Planned Parenthood is dangerous to people's health, it's unpopular, and it would leave people across the country without care," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said. "They cannot afford to have basic reproductive health care attacked. Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years and we're going to be here for 100 more."

More than one-third of Republicans, and a total of 59 percent of all Americans have a positive view of Planned Parenthood, a 2016 Gallup poll found, according to the AP. But the organization remains unpopular with social conservatives due to its abortion services and practices of giving fetal tissues to researchers.

"A lot of the ongoing support in the structural finances for Planned Parenthood goes to build the buildings, the infrastructure that provides abortion," said Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma.

The provision will be part of a reconciliation bill which only requires a simple majority to pass and avoid a filibuster, instead of regular votes which require a 60 percent supermajority, notes The Washington Post.

Though President-elect Donald Trump has spoken in favor of Planned Parenthood in the past, Republicans expect him to sign the bill.

Sources: AP via SF Gate, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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