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The office allegedly sent security guards, then was ‘conveniently closed.’
A day after House Speaker Paul Ryan promised the House would vote to defund Planned Parenthood, the women’s health organization delivered 87,000 #IStandWithPP petitions to his office, urging him not to do so.
In response, Planned Parenthood says Ryan’s office sent six security guards to block the delivery.
Shortly after the security guards came, Planned Parenthood tweeted that the speaker’s office was suddenly, “conveniently” closed.
Eventually, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) opened up her office doors to allow the petitions to be delivered.
Petitioning the government is a First Amendment right. The White House clearly states, “If you gather 100,000 signature in 30 days, we’ll review your petition, make sure it gets in front of the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”
Mehak Anwar is a reporter whose work focuses on LGBTQ rights, intersectional feminism, and race. Her byline has appeared in Bustle and the Huffington Post.