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Ryan & Duffy don't expect shutdown over looming Planned Parenthood fightSubmitted: 08/04/2015

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WAUSAU - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) believe the U.S. government should stop giving Planned Parenthood funding after a handful of undercover videos surfaced alleging fetal organ sales. The pair were speaking at an event and fundraiser in Wausau Tuesday.

The anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress' released a fifth video Tuesday with footage showing people pretending to be from a company that procures fetal tissue for research touring the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic.


What they're shown includes recently collected fetuses.

Tuesday's video is the fifth the center has recently released, but the first from Texas. It appears consistent with footage Planned Parenthood previously announced might have been secretly recorded.

Some lawmakers have called for a government shutdown over the issue. That could come up during a budget bill in September, but Ryan doesn't think it will get to that point.

"I don't think you'll see a government shutdown, but the last thing we want to do is finance and engage in something that's engaged in such barbarism," Ryan said. "I mean if you've seen these videos about Planned Parenthood, they're sickening."

The Senate proposal failed by seven votes Monday. Duffy believes the money could be spent more effectively elsewhere.

"Why don't we take that money and put in the community centers across the country? Why does it have to go to Planned Parenthood, especially when you have the affordable care act?," Duffy said. "And I think that's an issue the president is going to have a hard time grappling with if we go into that conversation."

Planned Parenthood argues the undercover videos are heavily edited and are being used as a deceptive tool. The group gets more than $500 million from the federal government.

Minutes after Monday's Senate vote blocking the GOP bill, abortion-rights groups were releasing TV ads attacking Republican supporters of the measure for stomping on women's health care needs. Conservatives were accusing Democrats of voting to protect taxpayer funds for an organization whose campaign contributions tilt lopsidedly to Democratic candidates.

Each party was bracing for the fight to be revisited when Congress returns next month from its recess.
The Senate voted 53-46 to halt Democratic delaying tactics aimed at killing the GOP bill. That was seven short of the 60 votes needed to keep the measure moving toward passage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Story By: Adam Fox

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