The Planned Parenthood Debate 101: Who is fighting AGAINST Planned Parenthood
Against Planned Parenthood
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT): Chaffetz is the current chairman of the House Oversight Committee. He led the hearing yesterday for Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and has been overseeing a large investigation of Planned Parenthood for months, the results of which were published yesterday. You can read them here.
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI): Duffy introduced HR 3495, which would change the State requirements for funding organizations that perform abortions (State here meaning the nation-state, not individual states). The bill did pass the House, but will most likely be blocked by Senate Democrats, meaning that it will never pass.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): Upton is the current chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As Chairman, he has been active in the investigation against Planned Parenthood and will be leading a markup session in the coming weeks about a new bill designed at defunding Planned Parenthood for one year and allocating to funds to other community health organizations.
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN): Black introduced HR 3134, which directly defunds Planned Parenthood. This bill passed the House and is now waiting for the Senate, who will most likely not put it on the calendar until the budget extension is dealt with.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): Ryan is the current chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He has said in interviews that his committee is currently working on a “budget reconciliation” plan. This type of plan cannot be blocked with Senate filibuster, allowing Republicans in both chambers to pass a bill that contains Planned Parenthood defunding if necessary. Several other representatives have voiced opposition to Planned Parenthood, but we do not have time to look at them all here. You can get a good idea about where the various representatives stand by examining the roll call vote for HR 3134.