Testimony began last week in the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood in the wake of nearly a dozen highly edited videos by the anti-abortion group Centers For Medical Progress (though Center For Medical Regression would be a more appropriate name). The videos, purported to show high-ranking officials within Planned Parenthood discus the illegal sale of fetal tissue, quickly renewed Republican efforts to defund the reproductive health provider.
Wasting no time, the GOP moved to create a committee to investigate the matter, titled unapologetically Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.
Republicans, I just want to say this: I salute you. And not just for seemingly allowing a pro-life group to name your committee; but for having the balls to further alienate women as the 2016 election nears. I can barely hide my anticipation as to if they’ll be another record setting gender gap vote in the vote distribution like in 2012.
Committee chairman Jason Chaffelz, now a contestant in the race to replace John Boehner as House Speaker, begun the hearing with an emotional monologue recounting how he had personally been victimized by the nation’s largest women’s healthcare provider.
Having lost both his parents to cancer, he questioned why Planned Parenthood needed the funding they received when it could go to something much more essential like cancer research. And Representative Chaffelz couldn’t be more right; what better way to fight cancer than to take money away from an organization responsible for 85,000 early detections of cancerous growths last year, with an additional million breast exams performed.
Other highlights from the hearing:
- This incredible rebuttal by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards concerning a misleading graph created by a pro-life organization after Chaffelz asserted to Richards he had “pulled those number directly out of your corporate report”. The look on his face really is priceless.
- Experts testimonial ranging from The National Right to Life to abortion ‘survivors’
- Cecile Richards being talked down to in a despicable manner that felt more like a father’s incessant scolding of his child.
- Representative Chaffelz announced on Thursday his investigation found no evidence of wrong doing.
- After the release of the videos, 11 states announced their intent to investigate Planned Parenthood clinics in their own state, despite only three states allowing fetal tissue research in the first place. All state investigations have now cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrong doing.
A huge shout out to the GOP for their perseverance; 30 years of failed attacks on Planned Parenthood and still going strong.