Opinion: Speaker Ryan’s stance is a disservice to women

Republican Paul Ryan is now Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

This puts him in line of succession right behind the vice president, someone who ought to be informed about the issues facing America and the rest of the world.

So what do we get from him?  An announcement that Planned Parenthood does not deserve to be funded.

Never mind that over population is strategically both an economic and military threat to America and the world.

Never mind that dwindling natural resources, including potable water, are an escalating reality.

Never mind that it is the least educated and the poorest among us, who continue to have the highest birth rates worldwide.

Speaker Ryan’s ideological, knee jerk response is to defund an organization designed to inform women about pregnancy and contraception.

Less than 1 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget is associated with abortion, and the “video” recently attributed to Planned Parenthood reselling aborted fetus tissues for research, was proved to be false.

But the facts don’t matter to people who are ideologues, pandering to other uninformed parochial ideologues.

America and the world deserve better.

We deserve fact-based decision making.  Being opposed to abortion is one thing, but being against family planning and contraception given the facts, is a step too far.

Speaker Paul Ryan is doing a disservice to all of us and to rational policy making, when he opposes funding for Planned Parenthood.

Remember this the next time you see a TV ad for starving children somewhere in the world, because the parents that keep having these babies may not even know what causes them.

Thank you, Speaker Ryan.


Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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