On Friday, a group of Planned Parenthood supporters stood outside House Speaker Paul Ryan's office holding 87,000 petitions asking him not to defund Planned Parenthood. In response, Ryan sent out six security guards in order to block the delivery and also had a sign on his door that read, "Only scheduled appointments will be admitted."
.@SpeakerRyan's office sent 6 security guards to block delivery of 87K #IStandWithPP petitions telling Ryan not to defund Planned Parenthood pic.twitter.com/56QHwhjR2qJanuary 6, 2017
This delivery comes right on the heels of an announcement from Ryan that Republicans plan to defund the organization (opens in new tab) as part of their efforts to repeal the health-care law. But after news broke that Ryan physically stopped the petitions from reaching his desk, Lady Parts Justice League (opens in new tab), a women's non-profit, started a Facebook Live (opens in new tab) to encourage people to call their state representative and denounce Ryan's actions. They also took to Twitter (opens in new tab) to start the #PaulRyanSoScared hashtag, which quickly caught on as people began tweeting their utter disappointment:
#PaulRyanSoScared of my the people's voices, so SHOUT IT OUT...#IStandWithPP!!! https://t.co/7q1dgcuYkSJanuary 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared his office phone has been "busy" for the last two days. Guess you don't want to hear from the American people @SpeakerRyanJanuary 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared @SpeakerRyan Like it or not, Hillary Clinton empowered women in this country. We are not afraid of you, Paul Ryan. Try usJanuary 6, 2017
If @SpeakerRyan is afraid of signatures, maybe @PPact needs to send him pap smear swabs, billions. #PaulRyanSoScaredJanuary 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared that 5 security guards weren't enough to protect him from pacifists carrying boxes of petitions. (He needed six.)January 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared of women with boxes that he hires bodyguards during Girl Scout cookie season.January 6, 2017
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