Sanders: Dems will 'fight back' against Planned Parenthood defunding

Sanders: Dems will 'fight back' against Planned Parenthood defunding
© Getty Images

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday vowed to fight back against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. 

Sanders called the plan an "obsession" that has "nothing to do with improving healthcare."  

ADVERTISEMENT

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America House Democrat calls for halt to lawmakers sleeping in their offices MORE (R-Wis.) said last week that language defunding Planned Parenthood would be included in a bill repealing ObamaCare. 

With a Republican majority in the House and Senate, and an incoming Republican president, the GOP stands its best chance in years of defunding the organization. 

Republicans have long sought to defund Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions, though no federal funding is used for the procedure. 

Democrats, including Sanders, argue that cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood would hurt millions of low-income women who rely on the organization's healthcare services.