The following comes from a November 2 Breitbart article by Dr. Susan Berry:
Though the national pro-life community says newly elected House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is committed to its cause, Ryan is warning that he doubts Planned Parenthood can be defunded.
Observing that President Obama is pro-abortion and the Senate’s process has been “difficult,” Ryan said on CNN’s State of the Union, “I think we need to be very clear about what we can and cannot achieve and not set expectations that we know we can’t reach given the constraints of the Constitution.”
“I don’t think Planned Parenthood should get a red cent from the taxpayer; I’ve always believed that, even before these disgusting videos came out,” Ryan continued. “But I believe we need to do our oversight. We’re just beginning to start a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. That’s important. So the special committee on Planned Parenthood, I think, should be in the driver’s seat overseeing this process.”
When pressed by host Dana Bash, “Will you defund Planned Parenthood?” Ryan replied:
“This is what I mean when I say being an effective opposition party. I think being an effective opposition party means being honest with people upfront about what it is we can and cannot achieve. But we also have to push issues where we can push issues, we have to speak truth to power. We have a president that isn’t willing to listen, that isn’t going to sign lots of our bills into law, we have a Senate that has a very difficult process when it comes to actually getting bills voted on, so knowing that we have those constraints, we have to operate within those constraints.”