In an emotional hearing on Capitol Hill, Planned Parenthood’s chief had a heated conversation with House of Republicans on Tuesday as she tried to protect her organization from questions about the ethics and legality of the activities going on inside its clinics. In truth, the videos show Planned Parenthood officials talking about how they provide a few fetal tissue leftover from abortions for medical research, which is not illegal.
In Maine past year, PPNNE provided health care to more than 10,000 patients including $3.5 million in free or discounted care, the organization reported. “In general, there is no general”, Richards says, “I mean we are a nonprofit”.
When the Planned Parenthood boss again denied using these “words”, Gowdy continued to thrust back – & he seemingly delivered a wink to make his point. To which Richards responded, “I’ve never heard of such a circumstance happening…in my experience at Planned Parenthood we haven’t ever had that kind of circumstance”. I realize, though, that the facts have never gotten in the way of these campaigns to block women from health care they need and deserve. The Montana Legislature, with the support of Republicans, voted this year to pass through automatically the federal family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood and other clinics.
They don’t think controversial videos should lead to the defunding of Planned Parenthood’s Federal dollars.
McConnell and Boehner have repeatedly said they want to see Planned Parenthood funding canceled, but would not go along with a few 30 conservative Republicans willing to shut down the government over the issue.
Blum had five minutes to question Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and asked her about how the federal funding is used in an exchange where they often talked over each other.
Recent polls say Planned Parenthood is more favorable to the American public than the GOP.
Planned Parenthood in Oregon says gives donated placental tissue to the university for two scientific studies related to still births and pregnancy complications. That bill became the only vehicle to keep the government open after Senate Democrats repeatedly blocked almost identical legislation that would have defunded nonprofit Planned Parenthood, which offers an array of women’s health services.
Cecile Richards’ testimony was the latest in an ongoing battle between Planned Parenthood and the Republican side of Congress. She claims that the videos released about her organization selling fetal tissue and “baby parts” for a profit were “offensive and categorically untrue”.
“That’s a somewhat low bar, but we should celebrate where we can”, the president told a group of Democratic legislators gathered at the White House complex Wednesday.