Speaker Paul Ryan: We Will Defund Planned Parenthood Period, And Here’s Why

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2017   |   12:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Last night, in an interview on CNN, pro-life Speaker Paul Ryan explained why the Republican Congress will defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Ryan said Congress has a long-standing pro-life principle that it will not force taxpayers to be involved in the abortion industry. He also said that defunding Planned Parenthood will have absolutely no negative effect on women’s health because the funding will be rerouted to legitimate Health Care Centers that actually provide healthcare for women as opposed to abortions.

Ryan said federal community health centers are “all throughout Wisconsin, they’re in virtually every community,” adding:

“By putting these dollars in the federal community health centers, which provide the same kinds of services. For every Planned Parenthood, there are federal community health centers. They are vastly bigger in network, there are so many more of them, and they provide these kinds of services without all the controversies surrounding this issue.”

“Well there’s a longstanding principle that we’ve all believed in — and by the way, this is for pro-choice/pro-life people — that we don’t wanna commit taxpayer funding for abortion and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider,” Ryan said. “So we don’t want to effectively commit taxpayer money to an organization providing abortions but we wanna make sure that people get their coverage.”

Ryan said funding the Planned Parenthood abortion company is “surrounded by a lot of controversy and we don’t wanna commit peoples’ taxpayer to effectively funding something that they believe is morally unconscionable.”

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“But they get a lot of money and you know money’s fungible and it effectively floats these organizations which then use other money, you know, money’s fungible. You don’t have this controversy by funding health centers,” Ryan explained.