In those videos, Planned Parenthood officials were seen discussing their provision of fetal tissue to medical researchers.
Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington September 29, 2015.
House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican whose decision last week to resign was partly driven by the dispute over Planned Parenthood, said Sunday the House will set up a select committee to investigate the videos.
Supporters said the vast majority of work being done by Planned Parenthood does not involve abortion services, but the issue continues to overshadow the other services it provides.
Chaffetz was critical of the organization spending $32 million overseas when it’s demanding to keep its federal subsidy.
Chaffetz said that the group’s infusion of federal money lets it use its non-federal dollars for politics.
One woman who asked to remain anonymous said that makes her feel like the country is going backwards. He added, “It’s a political organization”. The closest any Democrat came to criticizing the organization was Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), who questioned Richards about why the organization doesn’t have clinics in the Virgin Islands.
“No, and I think that is really a total mischaracterization”, Richards responded. Daleiden obtained them after posing as an executive of a phony firm that buys fetal tissue for scientists.
Providence resident Jessan Dunotis said she helped plan the demonstration to honor the legacy of Planned Parenthood as a champion of reproductive rights.
“That’s not exactly true”, Gosar said.
Richards addressed the videos when she addressed Congress, calling them “deceptively edited videos released by a group that is dedicated to making abortion illegal“. “We have discovered no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue“. She’s covering the Planned Parenthood story for Slate.
A major women’s health and family planning group at the eye of a conservative-led storm threatening to shut down the USA government defended its controversial fetal tissue research on Tuesday. That has drawn apologies from Planned Parenthood and bitter criticism from Republicans.