Planned Parenthood’s President, Cecile Richards, had a rough day on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when she faced the withering fire from multiple conservative congressmen. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mia Love (R-UT) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) all took turns hammering Richards for the scandalous behavior that the Center for Medical Progress has uncovered with their undercover videos.
First, Rep. Jim Jordan wonders why Richards apologized to America if Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong.
If the videos were selectively edited, if this was entrapment, all untrue, then why did you apologize?
After the question, Richards stuttered along for a few minutes before Jordan tried to nail her down… and failed.
And I’m asking you a simple question. There was only one video at the time you issued this statement. When you did the video, there was only one video. I want to know which statements were you apologizing for?
Finally, Richards said, “I was reflecting that on that video, not any particular statement. It did not reflect the compassionate care we provide.”
Then Rep. Mia Love forced Richards to admit that not a single Planned Parenthood clinic has ever done a mammogram… because they don’t have the machinery necessary to do so. This was a huge moment because, for some reason, mammograms are the first thing Planned Parenthood defenders turn to when trying to argue that Planned Parenthood helps women.
Finally, Rep. Lummis marveled at the ridiculous notion that abortion was only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services but somehow it brought in 86% of their income! Richards refused to answer that question too, choosing only to say that “Well, I think there’s two questions you sort of mixed in there so let me try to address both. One is, as we’ve already stated, federal money does not go for abortions. So the federal portion that we were discussing is reimbursement for preventive care services.”
Along these same lines, Rep. Jason Chaffetz dropped this great nugget later in the day on his Facebook page…
Revenue for Planned Parenthood was $120+ million more than expenses. They don’t need federal funding.
That’s right, they made $120 Million more than they spent on operating expenses last year. Why are they getting federal funding if they are making such a massive profit?
Planned Parenthood is a criminal enterprise and its employees should be treated as such. Cecile Richards can juke and jive all she wants — intellectually honest observers can see right through her ridiculous answers, and it’s only a matter of time before this entire debacle blows up in Planned Parenthood’s face.
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