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.”
This delivery comes right on the heels of an announcement from Ryan that Republicans plan to defund the organization 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, a women's non-profit, started a Facebook Live to encourage people to call their state representative and denounce Ryan's actions. They also took to Twitter to start the #PaulRyanSoScared hashtag, which quickly caught on as people began tweeting their utter disappointment:
I don't know if it was the papers that scared him or the powerful women holding them #PaulRyanSoScared- Krista (@baddogdesigner) January 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared that 5 security guards weren't enough to protect him from pacifists carrying boxes of petitions. (He needed six.)- katherine speller (@Kathriller) January 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared of women with boxes that he hires bodyguards during Girl Scout cookie season.- Marla Depew (@MarlaDepew) January 6, 2017
#PaulRyanSoScared you can run but you can't hide from us. We will build a wall of millions of empowered women.- Jo_D (@JoseyD55) January 6, 2017
As of 1/7 9 a.m., this post has been updated to state the role of Lady Parts Justice League in starting the trending hashtag.
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