Planned Parenthood Just Responded to Paul Ryan's Threat to Defund the Health Organization

January 5th 2017

Laura Donovan

Speaker Paul Ryan said at a news conference on Thursday that defunding Planned Parenthood is part of the Republicans' agenda to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the women's health organization had a lot to say about this plan on Twitter.


In a series of tweets, Planned Parenthood asserted that the organization and the ACA have helped a lot of women obtain health services such as birth control and cancer screenings. It also noted that it's no coincidence that Ryan made these comments after meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has been very vocal in his opposition to Planned Parenthood.

As Planned Parenthood noted in its tweets, the organization benefits millions of Americans. Planned Parenthood states on its website that it serves millions of men, women, and adolescents alike each year, and that it provides 270,000 pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams annually as well.

Federal funding for Planned Parenthood comes from two sources: Medicaid reimbursement and the Title X family planning program. A current U.S. law called the Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds for covering the cost of abortion in all but the most extreme circumstances. Therefore, any funding cuts to Planned Parenthood would have a significant impact on the non-abortion services it provides. According to NPR, most of Planned Parenthood's services involved screening for STDs and STIs and providing contraception. 

Ryan's plan to defund Planned Parenthood is part of Republicans' reconciliation bill, which would block Democrats from filibustering the initiative and allow Republicans to win even if they don't have the 60 vote super-majority.