Republicans Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed on Thursday that the GOP’s campaign to repeal ObamaCare would include defunding Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood legislation will be in our reconciliation bill,” Ryan said simply.
Planned Parenthood’s federal funds will be cut off via what is called a “reconciliation” bill – a process which keeps Democrats from being able to filibuster the repeal.
Anti-abortion Republicans have often targeted Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services, even though abortion only accounts for 3% of its medical services.
The government provides over half a billion dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood – 40% of the women’s health provider’s operating budget.
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