Boehner in 'war' against Planned Parenthood
February 28th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
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Boehner in 'war' against Planned Parenthood

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner is stepping up his attacks against Planned Parenthood, the partially public-funded organization that offers several health care services to low-income women.

Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, Boehner vigorously supported a recent House vote that defunds the organization entirely, a move that would strip it of more than $75 million in government cash.

Currently, the organization is allowed to apply government subsidies to all services except abortion procedures. Critics argue that restriction is too limited, saying that applying the government's money to other procedures leaves more of the group's own cash on hand to allocate to abortion-related services.

"The goal here again is to cut spending and keep the government open," Boehner said of the move to defund the organization, in an interview published Sunday. "I met with a lot of religious leaders earlier today to talk about the strategy and I think it's important that we understand that what we want to do here is win the war not just win a battle and there will be an opportunity sometime in order to win the big war and we're looking for that opportunity."

The defunding vote from the lower chamber came as part of a continuing resolution that included dramatic spending cuts across a range of programs. The Democrat-controlled Senate is set to consider the spending bill this week and is likely to reject a significant amount of the GOP's spending cuts, including those that affect Planned Parenthood.

But despite Boehner's support of defunding the group – a move that has long been supported by social conservatives – the House Speaker says he's not willing to shut down the government over that measure alone.

"There are a lot of options on the table but I don't think in the short term, the CR (continuing resolution) is the opportunity we're looking for," Boehner said

The interview comes a day before Planned Parenthood launched a new ad week-long $200,000 ad campaign on radio, cable and television networks in the Washington, DC market seeking to raise awareness for the variety of services it provides and apply pressure to the Senate ahead of its budget vote.

The spot features Carolyn Smithers, a woman who says she was diagnosed early at a Planned Parenthood facility with cervical cancer.

"Without Planned Parenthood, I wouldn't be here today," she says.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    He wants to take away womens right so much that he's willing to take the country hostage to get his way.

    I hope all you idiots who voted these souless people in are happy with yourselves. Same goes for those who decided you'd rather stay home.

    February 28, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. A president of a corporation, a public union member and a tea partier sit in front of 12 cookies . . .

    The CEO takes 11 cookies and tells the tea-partier "look out for that union guy, he's gonna take your cookie"

    February 28, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Susan

    What a load of horse puckies! $75 million is less than a drop in the bucket of government spending. If Boehner were serious about fixing the deficit, he never would have pushed for extending tax cuts for the wealthy. Or, if he wanted to cut spending, he would have cut the defense budget in half. This is a war on poor and middle class women plain and simple.

    February 28, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. ConservaFascists

    These fascists dd not run on a platform of womens rights. They ran on jobs. Where are the jobs Bonehead?

    February 28, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Charlotte

    Boehner is a partisan hack and an idiot. He does not value women, their lives or their health. All he values is uber-right-wing creds for his Presidential run, being too stupid to realize that it is the center he has to win and he isn't going to do that by going on the attack against women's rights and health care for the poor.

    February 28, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Anyone else wondering why John Boehner, during recess when he is supposed to be in his district speaking with his constituents, was instead in FL golfing? It would be interesting to hear from his constituents.

    It would also be interesting for someone, anyone, who considers themselves to be a journalist, to ask this guy why he and his party are doing everything in their power to kill jobs, when Republicans were elected in November to create jobs. Did they really misread the polls, or does it not matter what a majority of Americans want?

    February 28, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. JackInNH

    So given the huge profits by American oil companies lately, I assume Boehner will take billions back from them, no?

    February 28, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    When will this GOP-led war against women and children end?

    February 28, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Video Guy

    They are using the budget to further the Christian Right desire to turn us into a Christian Nation. What they can do from the pulpit they will try to due with laws.

    February 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. jennifer

    So what are you saying John? women should be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.. especially poor women ..?

    February 28, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. ps

    Mr Speaker, where are the jobs you focused on during the 2010 election cycle? Oh, that's right your party wouldn't know how to create a job if it wqanted to, job losses are your specialty.

    February 28, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Ancient Texan

    This abortion mill should have never been funded with taxpayer money. Let the DNC and George Soros supply the money for this immoral business depriving the world of a whole generation of Albert Einsteins, John F Kennedys, Ghandis.

    February 28, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. NJfinest2009

    Again, John Boehner, this is the 20th time I posted this question to you? This creates jobs how?

    February 28, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, where will the women go when the Planned Parenthood office that they use for their medical needs closes. Was that ever considered? How many women go there and don't need an abortion? What percentage of patients there actually need or consider an abortion.

    February 28, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. rusty155

    John Boehner why don't you stop cutting everything from the poor and middle class. And try to take something from the Rich and big business. After all didn't you say everyone was going to feel the cut. Or Is It just another lie the Republican all way do.I reminder In NOV. when the Republican won the house you say the America people gave the Republican a second chance , right now you are failing. At lease we were hoping you been fair, but the only people you are hurting are the poor and middle class. The American People should have know better.

    February 28, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Colleen

    Of course he's against planned parenthood, and women and childeren and the poor and disinfranchised and the uninsured. If it doesn't help thier coporate buddies they're against it. Head start, teachers, blue collar workers and on and on. No surprises here. Very predictable now.

    February 28, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. weasley

    Time to fight fire with fire. If Boehner's surreptitious attack on a women's right to choose should proceed, then the Democrats should propose the termination of the federal death penalty.

    After all, the Right To Life means the right to ALL life. Republican's shouldn't get to pick and choose which lives are worth saving.

    February 28, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Linda

    This guy is too much. Let me cry over his lack of care for low income women. Who does he think he is? God? Our nation is falling apart, two wars, the worst economy in my lifetime created by HIS PARTY, and all he wants to do is go after women's rights, in particular, poor women's rights to health care and family planning advice! He hates health care reform and wants to force women who have none to now have no help! He and the rest of his cronies are evil and they are looking to destroy every good thing this country has become. By using wedge issues like abortion and birth control which were established 40 years ago, he is doing nothing to create jobs but rathe only hardships for people already suffering. Do you call this American? That is something to cry about. !

    February 28, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. gary

    Look at past history – during the entire time he has been in congress, he only goes to his district once every two years to ensure his re-election. His district must be made up of the 600,000 kool-aid drinking people in the country.

    February 28, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Marcus

    Do you guys remember this story, it's from 2009 if not mistaken:
    A guy who was rabbidly anti-abortion and pro-life decided to explode an abortion clinic, and the 'bomb' he was going to use was his own car. So he drove around until he found what he believed was an abortion clinic, smashed his car into the entrance of the building and set fire on it. He did not blew up the clinic but the damages were up to thousands and thousands of dollars and...
    The place was NOT and abortion clinic, it did offer various procedures related to pregnancy (like medical exams) to low income or poor women but abortion was NOT one of the items that they performed there.
    And of course, while the place was being repaired none of said procedures were available to the women that went there looking for help.
    This latest 'I know I said jobs would be my priority but this much more importan!' story about Boehner DOES makes me remind about that 2009 loser...

    February 28, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Colleen

    Wonder when the GOP'S gonna take away a woman's right to vote and claim it's part of cutting the budget??

    February 28, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Scot

    Jobs ! Jobs ! Jobs ! That is why you guys took over the house, Not these stupid social issues that do nothing to promote jobs other than take jobs from people that are trying to help the poor and un-educated that have been dumbed down by the education system that failed to teach basic responcibility !

    February 28, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. w l jones

    Instead of cutting planning parenthood we should have a war on this program for the women and theirs children health which will cost the government a whole lot less over the long haul.

    February 28, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. XWngLady

    You want to win a "war" against an organization that is federally prohibited from using government funds to perform abortions that uses the federal funds to help poor women and provide health, family planning and gynocological services and information?.....So much for that compassionate conservatism....How about a "war" against wars or maybe a "war" against unemployment? Remember JOBS, JOBS, JOBS? What happened to all of that?.....Rrrright.

    February 28, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Limbaugh is an IDIOT

    Last time I checked, Congress approval rating is in the low 15%...and I thought that the GOP-tea Party coming into power will reverse this trend, NOT?!

    GOP-tea Party think that they got a mandate to impose their "moral" and fascist policies down our cutting teachers, fire fighters, emergency workers, police jobs under the guise of cutting the budget instead of creating jobs which they campaigned on....

    Sorry, passing laws to take away from the American people....while giving more of our tax money to rich corporations is NOT a policy! It's CORRUPTION as a ponzi scheme to pay back the piper and the KOCH BROTHERS!!!


    February 28, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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