When Ted Cruz lead the GOP to a government shut down he caused the country to lose 24 Billion Dollars. The Republicans tried to de-fund Planned Parenthood, but failed. Pursuant to the Hyde Amendment, federal money can never be used to fund abortions, regardless of the provider. Thus, the attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood would not have prevented federal funds from being used for abortions. That was already prohibited by the Hyde Amendment. Thus the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, would have had the effect of withdrawing funding for multiple other health care services for women.
Now the GOP is waging another war on women. Now they are trying to shut down the government again if Congress doesn’t withdraw funding for women’s health services. Perhaps the Republicans are feeling powerful in their attempts to treat women as second class citizens because of the popularity of Donald Trump. The leader in the polls for the Republican nomination for President said: