'Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill, ' Ryan said in brief comments about the move Thursday.
As Republican lawmakers eagerly prepare to scrap President Obama's signature healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act, they've announced that while doing so, they'll also strip funding from Planned Parenthood.
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Congressional Republicans passed a bill in 2015 that would have defunded Planned Parenthood in the summer of 2015 after undercover videos were released about the group's organ harvesting operations. Likely targets include the law's tax penalties for people who don't obtain insurance, its requirement that many companies cover workers and tax increases on higher-earning individuals and many health care firms.
The bill could be passed fast because the reconciliation procedure allows the Senate to bypass a filibuster. Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, who told reporters in the capital that she's "not happy that the speaker has made a decision to include defunding of Planned Parenthood ... in the package".
As part of the new campaign, Planned Parenthood aims to show the deep support it has from men and women across the country, including from some who voted for Trump. The Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal money from paying for abortions, meaning women on Medicaid must pay for abortions themselves (or get help from abortion funds if available to them). In some cases, the referrals were for potential violations of federal or state laws by Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.
Unmentioned in any of the group's tweets are a few simple, key data points: namely, that Planned Parenthood only operates around 900 health care centers across the entire nation. "We are not going back; we will stand our ground", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said during a rally in the Capitol Thursday.