War On Women

Speaker Ryan Says Congress Will Defund Planned Parenthood

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Just as they do every year, Republicans will make yet another attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaker of the Lizard House Paul Ryan said today a measure to defund Planned Parenthood will be included in the bill to repeal Obamacare.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says upcoming legislation to repeal the health care law would cut off taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.

The Wisconsin Republican spoke after a special House panel issued a report criticizing the organization over providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. Planned Parenthood provides birth control, abortions and various women's health services.

Yes, you read that right. Paul Ryan is using the findings of the Select Fetus Body Parts Committee to make another push to defund Planned Parenthood, except the committee didn't find anything.

The select committee just recently shut down and issued its final report which said absolutely nothing of consequence. The committee did not find any evidence of wrongdoing and certainly didn't find evidence that Planned Parenthood has been operating some kind of black market bazaar for fetal tissue.

The select committee recommended that Planned Parenthood be defunded for no substantive reason, and Paul Ryan is following their advice.

I am a legal layman, but I would guess Planned Parenthood will have a good case to make against the federal government if despot-elect Donald Trump signs a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a public Medicaid provider and Republicans are moving to defund the organization simply because they don't like it. Republicans have no substantive or scientific reason to prohibit Planned Parenthood from being reimbursed by Medicaid for services rendered.

Planned Parenthood has won every case against states that attempted to defund the organization. Obviously, it's another ballgame altogether when Congress votes to defund an organization, but there are similar legal arguments to be made against it. Planned Parenthood won every case up until this point because state officials could not provide any evidence of wrongdoing at Planned Parenthood facilities. The yahoos of the GOP will not be able to provide that evidence either, because it doesn't exist. The select committee they created to find that evidence didn't find anything.

No one should be surprised if congressional Republicans move to outlaw fetal tissue research completely at some point in the near future. If they do, that's simply one more area of scientific study that America will fall behind on. It won't save a single sanctified zygote, or whateverthehell Republicans imagine it will do.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    “I am a legal layman, but I would guess Planned Parenthood will have a good case to make against the federal government if despot-elect Donald Trump signs a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.”

    In the words of President-Elect Trump: “Wrong.”

    I have no idea what legal theory would suggest that PP has a right to sue to demand funding from the government. If the government wants to stop funding them, they can. Sorry.

    • So they can’t sue for reimbursement of Medicaid services rendered?

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Services rendered and reimbursements are one thing. As I understand it, Medicaid has something called free choice of providers – namely that you can go to any (approved?) provider and use medicaid. Medicaid would then reimburse that provider the same way any other insurance carrier would. As long as the Red Shirts don’t stop PP from being able to receive Medicaid reimbursements, they’ll continue to operate in that capacity. But congress can prohibit medicaid funds from going to PP.

        But when they talk about defunding PP, they’re really talking about grants given under the banner of “family planning.” The government gives PP something like a half-billion dollars worth of funding each year – it is under no obligation to continue doing so.

        Add to this that Congress can pass a law stripping the right of PP to sue under the statue or forcing it into a friendly court (they’ve done this before).

        Add to this that Congress can prohibit states from funding PP.

        A hostile congress and a hostile President can very, very much kill Planned Parenthood. And there is bupkis PP can do about it.

        By this time 2019, PP is going to be a distant memory along with ACORN.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The select committee they created to find that evidence didn’t find anything.

    I’m sorry, I got distracted and lost track of which select committee you’re referring to. Was that the one investigating Benghazi, or the other one investigation Benghazi. No, not that one, the other one investigating Benghazi. No, not that one, the other one investigating Benghazi.
    Or were you talking about the one investigating the IRS targeting political groups? Or the investigation into email servers?

    Oh, the one investigating Planned Parenthood.

    Well, you can understand my confusion. Your description could apply to any of them.

  • gescove

    Sometimes I’m reduced to simply screaming obscenities, as in “Fuck you, Paul Ryan, you fucking fuck!” I’m sorry, but Ryan drives my Enraged Meter so far into the red that I lose any capacity for civility.

  • muselet

    Paul Ryan is going to try to take health insurance away from ~30 million people and cut off 2.8 million young and lower-income people (in the US; 4.7 million worldwide) from a convenient and affordable provider of sexual and reproductive health care at one fell swoop.

    That’s ambitious. Sociopathic and sadistic, but ambitious.