House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Republicans intend to defund Planned Parenthood in an effort to repeal Obamacare.
“The Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our (repeal) bill,” Ryan said.
Planned Parenthood receives government reimbursements from the Medicaid program for non-abortion health services to low-income women. It also receives reimbursements for contraception services from a different government account.
Defunding the group would take away $400 million in Medicaid money from the group in the year after enactment. Women denied Medicaid services from Planned Parenthood may not be able to find replacement care because Medicaid does not guarantee access to a doctor.
“Defunding Planned Parenthood is dangerous to people’s health, it’s unpopular, and it would leave people across the country without care,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. “They cannot afford to have basic reproductive health care attacked. Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years and we’re going to be here for 100 more.”
President-elect Donald Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the organization. He said “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood,” but he also endorsed efforts to defund the group. Trump once described himself as “very pro-choice,” but now opposes abortion rights.
via Associated Press
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