Senator Ron Johnson called his vote to defund Planned Parenthood and put at risk health services for 65,000 Wisconsin patients “fun.” In a radio interview earlier this week, Johnson touted his vote to defund Planned Parenthood, which would have affected the 22 Planned Parenthood health centers across his state.
JOHNSON: I’ll have to admit giving the thumbs up on that vote to repeal the vast majority of Obamacare was a fun vote. But let’s face it, it’ll land on President Obama’s desk, he’ll veto it and we don’t have the rights to, we don’t have the votes to override the veto.
The vote Johnson references also contained language to defund Planned Parenthood. Johnson has voted with Washington Republicans 97% of the time and at the expense of the Wisconsin families he was elected to serve, so it should come as no surprise that he jumped at the chance to score political points even if it jeopardized the services Wisconsin women and families rely on.
“Ron Johnson couldn’t be more out-of-touch – there is nothing ‘fun’ about voting to take away women’s access to basic preventive care,” said Lauren Passalacqua, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Senator Johnson, who has voted with Republicans in the Senate 97% of the time, continues to vote in lockstep with the Republican Party, and Wisconsin deserves a Senator that will fight for their best interests.”