After the deaths at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, Democrats in Congress are demanding that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shut down the House investigation into the healthcare provider.
In a statement after the shootings, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said:
No one in America should ever have to worry about gun violence when going to a health clinic or a church or a movie theater or a school. It is not enough for us to condemn the violence after it happens-we must act now to prevent it.
It is time to step up our efforts to protect clinic workers and patients.
It is time to finally get guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. And it is time to stop the demonizing and witch hunts against Planned Parenthood, its staff and patients, and the life-saving health care it provides to millions every day.
Today, I am calling on Speaker Paul Ryan to disband the GOP’s special committee, which was set up only to continue this witch hunt against Planned Parenthood.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) the chairwoman of the committee investigating Planned Parenthood accused Democrats of playing politics with the Colorado shooting, but Congressional Democrats have been calling on Ryan to close down the investigation for months.
On October 29, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) wrote to Speaker Ryan (R-WI), “I also urge you to shut down the Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood, which was similarly created to satisfy partisan and political goals. Not only have multiple committees already investigated the discredited claims against Planned Parenthood and turned up nothing, but the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee admitted there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood has broken the law. Instead of doubling-down on abusing taxpayer funds, you should start your speakership on a positive note by ending this political theater for the good of the country.”
Republicans are on the defensive after their violent rhetoric against Planned Parenthood inspired a domestic terrorist attack that kill three innocent Americans and wounded nine others.
Instead of taking responsibility for their words, Republicans have chosen to blame Democrats. The Planned Parenthood issue has gone from a political loser for Republicans to a deadly lesson in the unintended consequences that occur when leaders irresponsibly abuse their positions of power for partisan gain.
Democrats are turning up the heat, and Paul Ryan is already showing signs of dropping the GOP attack on Planned Parenthood.