Recently elected Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, said in a Sunday morning interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that he doesn’t believe that Planned Parenthood should “get a red cent from the taxpayer.”
“I’ve always believed that, even before these disgusting videos came out,” Ryan told Bash. “But I believe we need to do our oversight. We’re just beginning to start a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. That’s important. So the special committee on Planned Parenthood, I think, should be in the driver’s seat overseeing this process.”
Ryan stopped short of promising to defund the organization, noting that such a promise would be politically unrealistic. “Being an effective opposition party means being honest with people up front about what it is we can and cannot achieve,” he said. Still, Ryan will, however, go forward with the panel appointed by his predecessor John Boehner. That special subcommittee, chaired by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), will convene with the sole purpose of investigating Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood has long been a target of Ryan’s. As a Congressman and vice presidential candidate, Ryan was a proponent of a “no exception” abortion bill. “The health exception is a loophole wide enough to drive a Mack truck through it,” he said in 2008.
Last week, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sent a four-page letter to Ryan urging the new Speaker to provide “fair and impartial” treatment of the organization.
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