Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015by Representative Jerrold Nadler
Posted on 2016-01-06
NADLER. Mr. Speaker, this is Alice in Wonderland. First the
verdict, then the trial. The Republicans have declared the verdict
against Planned Parenthood before ever holding the trial. With no shred
of evidence aside from a series of blatantly manipulated videos,
without a single House committee finding any wrongdoing, without the
select committee ostensibly set up to look at Planned Parenthood
holding a single meeting, they have decided in this bill to cut off all
Federal funding, including Medicaid reimbursement, for one
The legislation we are voting on today targets one organization and cuts it off from all Federal funding, including reimbursement for Medicaid services provided, for no justifiable legislative reason beyond punishment for offering a constitutionally protected medical procedure.
This smacks of a clearly unconstitutional bill of attainder. The prohibition on bills of attainder exists to prevent just this kind of targeted attack on a single group. You cannot use legislation to punish a single organization without any evidence or fair legislative process simply because you don't like it.
While the legislation never mentions the words ``Planned Parenthood,'' we have heard and will hear here today Planned Parenthood's name over and over again from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle during this debate. No one can say this bill is not aimed directly at one organization.
Of course, if the Republicans in Congress had any evidence that Planned Parenthood broke the law, they would have taken it to the Attorney General or the FBI, but they didn't. If they had any faith in the extremists who made these accusations against Planned Parenthood, they would have brought them before Congress to testify, but they didn't. The truth is this attack on Planned Parenthood is knowingly based on a whole series of lies.
The longer the Republicans keep up this pretense in order to stoke the flames with their inflammatory rhetoric, the longer they put patients and providers at risk of unstable people committing murder, as we have seen at abortion clinics. Bulletproof glass and safe rooms should not be necessary for women to access basic health care like cancer screenings or contraception, but if this farcical attack on Planned Parenthood doesn't stop, that would be the norm for women around the country. You want a breast exam, you want contraception, you put your life at risk.
Do not be fooled by claims that this funding will go to other healthcare providers and Planned Parenthood's patients will follow it. It is simply not true. More than half of Planned Parenthood's patients rely on Medicaid. Most States do not have enough providers, particularly specialists like OB/GYNs, taking Medicaid patients to absorb Planned Parenthood's patients.
By voting to defund Planned Parenthood today, you are leaving 2.7 million women, men, and families with no access to health care. Enough is enough. It is time for my Republican colleagues to accept what they know is true. Planned Parenthood has done nothing more than provide compassionate, comprehensive care for millions of Americans in a safe, legal manner.
Stop the rhetoric. Stop the lies. Don't deprive people of abortion services, of healthcare services, of contraception services, of breast exams. Vote ``no'' on this rule, vote ``no'' on the underlying bill, and don't violate the Constitution with a bill of attainder.