Abortion rights groups are accusing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio) of shutting them out of his office as they tried to deliver petitions against an upcoming bill banning late-term abortions.
“Speaker John Boehner hid in his office, refusing to accept 224,000 signatures from people who oppose the nationwide 20-week abortion ban. You can't ignore women forever, Mr. Speaker!” Planned Parenthood Action wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
The groups arrived at BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE’s office with the boxes late Wednesday morning, but the Speaker’s staff “actually refused to open the door,” according to a staffer from one of the groups.
“Security asked them to leave the boxes in the hall before escorting them out,” the staffer added.
Boehner, who works out of the Speaker's office in the Capitol, rarely uses his personal office, which is located in Longworth.
Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman, referred questions to the Speaker’s personal office, but added, “I believe it’s standard practice on the advice of Capitol Police.”
Boehner’s personal office did not respond to a request for comment.
The petitions are in opposition of a House bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is slated for a vote late Wednesday afternoon.
NARAL Pro-Choice, another group helping to deliver the petitions, posted a photo of two women standing outside Boehner’s office giving him a thumbs down, with their box in front of his door
“John Boehner won’t open the door, but we’re making sure they hear 223,000 pro choice activists ready 2 #stopthebans,” NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted.
The group also posted a picture of the brass plate outside Boehner’s office that reads “Welcome, please come in.” They added their own caption that says, “Guess it doesn’t apply to women.”
— This report was updated at 2:47 p.m.