GOP Rep: We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood Because I Have Plenty Of Options ‘As A Guy’

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

If you thought Mike Huckabee’s ridiculous comparison of Planned Parenthood with Benghazi couldn’t be topped, you’re in for a surprise from Glenn Grothman. Along with Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz implying at the opening of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that Planned Parenthood could be indirectly responsible for both of his parents dying of cancer, Huckabee’s remarks were a good indication of what an utter political circus this “investigation” would turn out to be.

Granted, the longest Congressional investigation in American history has yet to turn up any evidence of wrongdoing. So obviously the next step is to launch yet another investigation which is little more than a thinly-veiled political move to rally the base ahead of next year’s election. To Republicans, Hillary Clinton isn’t quite as threatening as before, and nothing riles up religious conservatives like the issue of abortion and their favorite boogeyman, Planned Parenthood.

So off we go on another waste of taxpayer money and time Congress could be spending trying to do things like help veterans or maybe even pass a budget. Instead of even trying pretend they’re a party that can govern, Republicans in the House decided to let America know that defunding an organization that has grown in popularity with Americans since they started attacking it was their priority instead.

One of the most absurd remarks from lawmakers came from Wisconsin’s Glenn Grothman who argued that if Planned Parenthood were to go out of business tomorrow, that would be fine because “as a guy” he could find other clinics that could meet his medical needs. Seriously.

Via Right Wing Watch:

Grothman, who presumably receives very good health insurance through his job as a member of Congress, told Richards that “when I look at cities around me that have a Planned Parenthood clinic … usually in those cities, as a guy, I could go to many clinics locally that have all the machines that one would need, all these clinics as far as I know take Medicaid dollars, so you could go to any of those clinics to get any medical service you could.”

“I guess what I’m getting at is if Planned Parenthood disappeared tomorrow in those towns, there would still be three or four or five clinics or hospitals providing all the … medical care you would want,” he said.

Grothman then claimed that Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income people, is “superior care” to private insurance because “without the deductibles and copays it’s usually better insurance than other people have.” Grothman has previously claimed that people who use the public safety net are fleecing taxpayers by living luxuriously. (Source)

The videos from the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress are anything but legitimate and resemble the highly deceptive videos from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. However, the facts or authenticity of the footage is of no concern to anti-Planned Parenthood politicians, including presidential candidate Carly Fiorina who has claimed to have seen portions of the film which don’t actually exist. Ted Cruz had previously proposed shutting down the government over funding the organization, and some states even cut off Medicaid funding to them in violation of federal law.

It’s no coincidence that these hearings are being held at the same time they have to vote on a budget, which includes funding for Planned Parenthood. The Senate has already approved this budget, much to the dismay of Ted Cruz and other right-wing lawmakers. The House could still find a way to force a shutdown, and using the hearings to rally support among Republican lawmakers in Congress for stripping funding is probably their best strategy politically. Ultimately, this is going to backfire on Republicans big time, especially considering Planned Parenthood is much more popular than they are.

You can watch the video below from Right Wing Watch:


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  • Edward Krebbs

    Uh, when was the last time Gothman needed a pap smear or a mastogram ?

    And that shouldn’t detract from his apparent mindset that everyone either has medicaid or plenty of money (with good insurance) when he ignores that many folks making just above the medicaid cut-off don’t have the money to throw around for routine medical care.

    Yet he seems to have a “let them eat cake” approach for the poor of his state affording medical care. Besides his statements quoted in the article, his state (WI, as in tie-in to strangling social services Walker) didn’t participate in medicaid expansion.

    • MarcoZandrini

      He needs a nanogram to find his tiny brain.

      • OMGface

        This made me smile. Thank U….I am in desperate need of smiles of late.

      • MarcoZandrini

        I’m glad my post let you smile. 🙂

      • OMGface

        IT TOTALLY DID! Tail wagging with gratitude smilie.

    • noah vail

      put his nuts in one of those mammogram machines and then lets hear him open his mouth about all those clinics hes such a fan of….i’d be willing to bet that he’s never been to a clinic in his life

    • OMGface

      Thanks so much for this very smart, important offering! Soon, they will come forth with a bill for American females to wear burkas… step from that, genital mutilation. Over the top…..but logical extensions should any of this be allowed to go on. The Suffragettes are rotating in their graves at increasingly high RPMs.

  • OMGface

    This human has the IQ of a dust mite. Boy, are we in deep doo doo.

    • Howard Sands

      I find that comparison absurd.
      Dust Mites have a higher IQ.

  • cruisersailor

    The Republican Party needs to change its name to the Moron Party.

    • OMGface

      Again what makes my tummy hurt even more…..that any of them has even one supporter. I have software far more complex and acute than the beings in question. Sorry, every day I try to find references for any of this…..and every day I am in perpetual OMGface. It’s also sooooooooo embarassing, OMG.

    • Howard Sands

      No need for that. I think most people realize that both terms mean the same thing.

  • Jim Valley

    Gee, and he looks so smart too.

  • MonsterMashCat


    “as far as i know”

    f*ck this guy – he needs a little perspective on the views he’s spouting. how about giving up your premium insurance paid for by tax payers (welfare imo), and live like the common individual.

    let’s see how far your dollar goes vs the quality of treatment you receive. oh, and let’s let those from their ivory tower rain sh*t down upon you too because you had the misfortune of having the wrong type of public welfare.

    politicians are the biggest welfare queens the country can offer up.