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GOP Finds It's a Tricky Move to 'Defund' Planned Parenthood

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By    |   Monday, 06 Mar 2017 09:04 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan's stated intent to "defund" Planned Parenthood is a misnomer, because the family plannning provider is nowhere in the federal budget, according to The Huffington Post.

Instead, what Republicans are trying to do is prevent Medicaid from working with Planned Parenthood.

The GOP plan would effectively prevent those who rely on federally subsidized health care, about 60 percent of Planned Parenthood's 2.5 million patients, from choosing the organization for their health care, meaning that some of its clinics would be forced to shut down, the Post reports.

Although Ryan claims that the closing down of many Planned Parenthood clinics wouldn't harm anyone, because there are 20 times as many federal community health centers for those patients to be absorbed into, the Post reports that this is a case of playing around with the numbers.

The reason is that Ryan's statistics include dentists' offices, mental health clinics and other facilities that don't offer women's health and family planning services and whose wait time is twice as long as at Planned Parenthood, meaning that a woman's health care choices would become severely limited.

Republicans have been targeting Planned Parenthood, because some of its clinics provide abortions.

But as Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards pointed out recently to MSNBC's "Morning Joe," the organization works "like every other hospital or healthcare provider and gets reimbursed for the services we provide, which are all preventive."

And a law already prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions, so none of these reimbursements are for that procedure.

Conservatives, however, argue that the money the organization receives from reimbursements is "fungible," that is it frees up other funds for abortions.

But numerous Republicans are wary of including the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in the bill to repeal Obamacare, as Ryan wants, saying it could jeopardize the entire effort to roll back the healthcare law, The Hill reports.

"I don't think it makes sense to have the defunding of Planned Parenthood linked to this issue at all," said Maine Sen. Susan Collins.

"If the House Republicans want to bring it up, it should be in a separate bill. I would oppose that bill, but it further complicates the negotiations to have it included in this bill."

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent is among a number of other Republicans to agree.

"I think we should also separate out the Planned Parenthood issue from the broader healthcare issue. I think healthcare reform is controversial and complex enough without Planned Parenthood. Why put it in? It makes this whole exercise more difficult."

New York Rep. John Faso summed up the view of the more moderate Republicans on the issue, telling The Hill: "We are just walking into a gigantic political trap if we go down this path of sticking Planned Parenthood in the health insurance bill."

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