With John Boehner leaving his office as House Speaker in Congress and even resigning from Congress altogether, Planned Parenthood is worried.
There was a lot of noise yesterday about John Boehner leaving his Speakership and resigning from Congress. While I had hoped he would have to resign from being Speaker of the House, I thought it was odd that he would give up his office. I haven’t yet found an explanation for that.
But if you are wondering what the general effect of Boehner’s absence will be, here is some good news. The Hill reports, “Planned Parenthood: GOP leadership ‘may go from bad to worse’”
If the leadership is going to be “worse” from the perspective of people who dismember babies for parts and sell them, then the leadership is going to be much better for the nation!
Caught in the middle of a government shutdown fight, the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood on Friday warned the resignation of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could be an ominous turn of events in the fight over women’s healthcare.
“It looks like the leadership in the House may go from bad to worse,” Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund, said in a statement.
“While John Boehner was never a champion of women’s healthcare in this country, even he recognized that defunding Planned Parenthood wasn’t what the American people wanted,” she said.
Boehner’s surprise announcement comes as GOP leaders are scrambling to avoid a government shutdown next week, with federal funding for Planned Parenthood one of the main points of contention.
A group of conservatives in the House has vowed to vote against any funding bill that includes money for Planned Parenthood, citing undercover videos on the organization’s handling of fetal tissue.
The Senate is poised to approve a funding bill that includes Planned Parenthood, which the House is expected to take up next week.
Seeking to win over conservatives, House GOP leaders on Friday announced they will seek to defund Planned Parenthood through the budget reconciliation process, along with the repeal of ObamaCare. Reconciliation bills cannot be filibustered in the Senate.
It is ludicrous to claim that a lame duck President’s veto is self-evidently the will of the nation while a majority in Congress represents a “minority” view. I hope and pray that Planned Parenthood fears are real and are justified.