House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set off a media firestorm last week by announcing that the reconciliation bill will include defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting those dollars to better health care centers that do even more for women.
Headed into 2017, we knew that one of two things would be true about the Republican Party: Either they would learn the lesson that going on offense on abortion is a winning issue, or they would capitulate yet again to elite opinion and drive away their own voters. The Speaker’s announcement is an encouraging sign that the GOP may be finished repeating the mistakes of the past.
The key test for Speaker Ryan and Congressional Republicans is whether or not they will succeed in finally defunding Planned Parenthood.
There is no question, given the reconciliation process, that Republicans have the necessary votes to get this done. The only thing — the one and only thing — that could prevent the House from passing this measure would be a weakness at the heart of GOP leaders in their commitment to life and to delivering on their election promises.