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GOP is Moving to Defund Planned Parenthood--The Way They Plan to Do It is Making The Left Furious


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The Republican Party is bringing forward a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. The Hill reports:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included as part of a bill to repeal ObamaCare.

Ryan said cutting off federal funds to the organization will be included in a “reconciliation” bill that also repeals the core of ObamaCare.

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The GOP is looking to repeal the ObamaCare provisions the exact same way they were passed—that is to say, through reconciliation.

The reconciliation process prevents Democrats from launching a filibuster against the measure, meaning Republicans won't need 60 votes to win on defunding.

“Planned Parenthood legislation will be in our reconciliation bill,” Ryan said, without providing any more details.

Planned Parenthood did what it does best... spin.

Killing the unborn? Probably not considered “health care” in their book. In fact, that's the opposite of “health care.” That's... “death care.”

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More from Planned Parenthood.

Many took to argue that Planned Parenthood is some big healthcare provider whose services are irreplaceable, and abortion is only a small fraction of its operation.

The Washington Post provides necessary context for these stats:

When all services are counted equally, abortion procedures do account for 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total services.

But there are obvious differences between these services. For example, a first trimester abortion can cost up to $1,500, according to the Planned Parenthood Web site. Yet an emergency contraceptive pill costs around $45 and a urine pregnancy test costs around $10 at a pharmacy. An abortion is a different type of procedure than a vasectomy, or testing for sexually transmitted infections or diseases, or a vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV), and so forth.

While each service is listed separately, many clients received multiple services. A woman may get a pregnancy test, birth control and a pap smear, but she would be counted three times, once for each service, in the annual report.

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Rich Lowry provided more insight into how this works:

The 3 percent factoid is crafted to obscure the reality of Planned Parenthood’s business.

The group performs about 330,000 abortions a year, or roughly 30 percent of all the abortions in the country. By its own accounting in its 2013-2014 annual report, it provides about as many abortions as Pap tests (380,000). The group does more breast exams and provides more breast-care services (490,000), but not by that much.

The 3 percent figure is derived by counting abortion as just another service like much less consequential services.

So abortion is considered a service no different than a pregnancy test (1.1 million), even though a box with two pregnancy tests can be procured from the local drugstore for less than $10.

Conservatives—they wanted a few things to be known about the move.

The left made their desperate arguments.

The left's outrage is only beginning. Americans should get used to it for the next four years.

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