GOP Vows to Defund Planned Parenthood, and Pro-Abortionists FLIPPED OUT

A protester wears a birth control bill box costume during a Planned Parenthood rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in 2013. Texas’ latest salvo in the war on Planned Parenthood hurts low-income women

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said House Republicans intend to strip Planned Parenthood of funding as part of their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But the Wisconsin Republican went a step further Thursday, saying they'd also write a bill to replace it in 2017. However, the lawmakers have yet to come up with a replacement for the legislation, which could leave the healthcare industry in years-long limbo and/or cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage.

Ryan was asked at his weekly press briefing whether the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare would include a provision to redirect hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood to women's health care centers that do not provide abortion.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said "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".

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Republicans are discussing delaying the date when repeal would take effect, for perhaps several years. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama told the lawmakers he wished he were in their place.

Hogue added: "The party that puts abortion services out of reach of most American women now wants to take away contraception, prenatal care and maternal healthcare". That means Republicans will need just a simple majority of members to pass those measures.

For those keeping count, that's two out of 52 Senate Republicans potentially defecting.

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The details of that legislation are being writen by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

But Planned Parenthood supporters plan to push back aggressively. Under the current budget, the organization receives around $500 million in a combination of federal and state funds, which are primarily used for preventive health care, birth control, STI/STD testing, pregnancy tests, breast cancer screening and other womens health care services.

"Republicans refused to give Democratic members the opportunity to review the report, failed to hold the required public meeting, and ignored the requirement that the full Panel vote on its release", Schakowsky said in written comments January 3.

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