While giving a press briefing to reporters, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the GOP's push to defund the taxpayer funded Planned Parenthood a “manhood thing.”
During her press briefing, Pelosi fielding questions about Republican plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and remove taxpayer funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
At the end of her remarks, Pelosi said, “Let me end on this note. Of all the things that they could be doing in a reconciliation bill—job creation, deficit reduction—no, forget that. What are they doing in this bill? Overturning the Affordable Care Act, undermining the health security and financial stability of America’s working families, and defunding Planned Parenthood. That’s their—that’s their manhood thing,” Pelosi said while shaking her hands.
“You know, defunding Planned Parenthood. How can they establish that as a priority unless they’re coming at all of this from a very ideological stand-point?” she asked.
While Pelosi called defunding Planned Parenthood simply a “manhood thing,” a 2016 Marist poll found 63 percent of women either “oppose” or “strongly oppose” tax dollars being used to fund abortion. While taxpayer dollars sent to Planned Parenthood don't explicitly fund abortion procedures (thanks to the Hyde Amendment), they do help keep the organization's lights on and doors open, enabling Planned Parenthood to perform more than 320,000 abortions per year.
A Robert Morris University Polling Institute poll from 2015 shows a majority of Americans (53.3 percent) support defunding Planned Parenthood.
The poll also claimed the more people were aware of Republicans’ 2015 plan to defund Planned Parenthood, the more supportive people were of defunding the organization, finding 60 percent of those who said they were “very aware” of Republicans’ plan supporting defunding Planned Parenthood also supported defunding the abortion giant.
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