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Republican lawmakers made it clear last week that defunding Planned Parenthood is one of their top priorities in 2017, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that GOP leadership plans to strip the organization of federal funding by adding the measure in the same budget-process bill that aims to repeal Obamacare.
GOP leaders have long since criticized the $500 million a year of federal money given to the organization because of the high number of abortions Planned Parenthood provides.
During the final episode of the Fox News show "The Kelly File," TheBlaze's own Dana Loesch discussed the issue with host Megyn Kelly and talk radio host Richard Fowler.
Fowler attempted to argue the point that because of the Hyde Amendment, federal tax dollars are not directly covering abortions, and the money is instead being used to provide health care to women who need it.
Loesch corrected him, explaining that there are exceptions in the Hyde Amendment that allow tax dollars to be used for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother. She went on to remind Fowler that Planned Parenthood had to pay a $4 million settlement because they over-billed some state Medicaid agencies.
"In 2015, Cecile Richards was forced to admit before Congress that, in fact, Planned Parenthood makes a lot of money off of abortions, and abortions account for 85 percent of their non-government revenue," Loesch said. "Why are American taxpayers being forced to fund a for-profit business that gives 99 percent to Democrats?"
She also countered Fowler's point that Planned Parenthood provides necessary health care to women, adding, "I thought with the passage of Obamacare that we were all going to have health care and that birth control was going to be thrown out like Mardi Gras beads so what happened with that?"
Loesch later shot down Fowler's assertion that Planned Parenthood was the only women's health provider available to many women, telling him that community health centers outweigh Planned Parenthood centers 3-to-1 in every state, offering a full spectrum of services to women just as Planned Parenthood does.
Watch the clip below:
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