And so it begins. On Thursday morning during a news conference on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the GOP will move to defund Planned Parenthood.
This attack on Planned Parenthood will be on the same bill as the Affordable Care Act repeal, CNN reports.
The plan is no surprise; America knew this day would come, which is why many donated to the healthcare facility in droves. Many women also prepared for this by either stocking up on birth control or equipping themselves with a long-term contraceptive, such as an IUD.
Republicans have tried and failed many times to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood simply because they provide abortion services, even though they don’t use federal funding for said services.
Democrats, of course, have come out to denounce the Republicans’ upcoming plans.
If Republicans want to throw millions off insurance, cut Medicare, defund Planned Parenthood—we will not let them get away with it.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 2, 2017
"It's likely no accident that this attack was launched the day after Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a long-time opponent of Planned Parenthood, held a closed-door meeting with Speaker Ryan and the Republican leadership,” said Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards.
What many pro-life people fail to realize is that defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t just a threat to abortion, but to women’s reproductive health in general.
Additional important services that the facility provides include pregnancy tests, birth control, breast cancer screenings, and STI treatment, which many low-income women would not have access to otherwise.
“This is a priority for the Republicans," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday afternoon. "So I just would like to speak individually to women across America: this is about respect for you, for your judgment about your personal decisions in terms of your reproductive needs, the size and timing of your family or the rest, not to be determined by the insurance company or by the Republican ideological right-wing caucus in the House of Representatives. So this is a very important occasion where we're pointing out very specifically what repeal of the (Affordable Care Act) will mean to woman."
The Republicans’ plan will be no easy feat, as their attempts over the years have continuously flopped. However, with a Republican congress in place and their candidate, President-elect Donald Trump, preparing to run the White House in a matter of weeks, it is more plausible now than ever that they can push this through, which would be catastrophic for women throughout the nation.
Ryan says that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in ACA repeal. Because, let's take away healthcare from as many as possible.— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) January 5, 2017
Please pay attention to what "defunding" Planned Parenthood means: refusing to reimburse for their care offered to poor folks. https://t.co/muci1CSAGb— Sarah Seltzer (@sarahmseltzer) January 5, 2017
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. Their true intent is to block millions of people who rely on Medicaid from PP health centers.— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) January 5, 2017
.@RepDianaDeGette: "We are going to stand against this with every fiber of our beings."— Christine Grimaldi (@chgrimaldi) January 5, 2017
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