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Planned Parenthood chief calls out fake pro-life Republicans after maternal mortality goes up

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Many Republicans like Paul Ryan and incoming Vice President-elect Mike Pence like to claim that they are “pro-life” but after so-called “pro-life” laws were passed in Texas that stripped Planned Parenthood from funding, the maternal mortality rate spiked.

Maternal death is the death of a woman while she is pregnant or within 42 days of the termination of a pregnancy, the World Health Organization reports.

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Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that he would be gutting funding from Planned Parenthood as part of the GOP’s repeal of Obamacare. The GOP has been trying to cut federal funding from Planned Parenthood for years and up until now, their efforts have been unsuccessful.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards explained that this is really just about ending access to everything that would stop an unintended pregnancy, including family planning.

“That’s the real irony here,” she said. “We have seen what’s happened in states like Texas where they’ve ended access to family planning services, to cancer screenings. We just saw in Texas a doubling of a maternal mortality rate for women, particularly low-income women, African-American women who have the least access says to care. Ironically, I think what they’re trying to do will, if anything, drive up the rate of unintended pregnancy in this country and have exactly the opposite impact of what supposedly they intend.”

A September report outlined results that show Texas now has the highest death rate for pregnant mothers than most industrialized countries. Richards explained that the clinics will not go under without federal funding the problem is with a bill like this, those on Medicare and Medicaid won’t be able to use Planned Parenthood services.

“What Speaker Ryan is talking about doing is denying women on Medicaid the ability to go to Planned Parenthood for birth-control and cancer screenings and family planning services,” she told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “It’s not popular with the American people, and I already know his phone has been jammed up today already about calls from women, concerned.”

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Richards explained that the GOP’s war against Planned Parenthood does more than abortion.

“This has to do with denying women access to family planning and cancer screenings,” she said. “What it will mean is there are people who count on us for health care, including thousands in the state of Wisconsin, his own state, who will no longer be able to go to the health care provider of their choice, which has been Planned Parenthood for many years.”

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Bill Barr and the White House plan to collect information on social media users when Trump signs Executive Order: reports

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‘I have no time for this’: The View’s Meghan McCain blows up GOP conspiracies about voting by mail

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain broke with fellow Republicans who claim voting by mail is rife with fraud.

President Donald Trump and other GOP elected officials warn that efforts to make absentee ballots more easily available will allow Democrats to steal the election, but McCain said that hasn't been the case in her home state.

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With nation focused on pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to greenlight killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens

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"Killing has no place in our National Wildlife Refuges."

President Donald Trump's National Park Service plans to finalize rules this week that will allow hunters in Alaska to kill bear cubs and wolf pups while they are in their dens, reversing Obama-era regulations meant to prevent destabilization of the state's biodiversity.

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