Alleged Case of 'Entrapment' Versus 'Insatiable' Desire for Taxpayer Dollars: Planned Parenthood On Hot Seat Before Congress
Planned Parenthood president says videos were entrapment
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
The undercover videos apparently showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of fetal tissue parts were an effort to “entrap” the organization, its chief, Cecile Richards, said in combative testimony to Congress on Tuesday.
Ms. Richards, the organization’s president, said “harassment” of women seeking abortions “has only gotten worse” since the videos by the Center for Medical Progress, but said her organization’s services provide critical health services — going well beyond abortion — for women across the country.
Planned Parenthood boss clashes with lawmakers over taxpayer $$, videos
The head of Planned Parenthood clashed with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday over the group's taxpayer funding, while using her appearance to attack the group behind a series of disturbing videos showing her organization's workers discussing fetal tissue harvesting.
Cecile Richards, speaking before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, claimed the videos were "deceptively edited" and "heavily doctored."
Yet just minutes before the hearing started, a forensic analysis said the videos "are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing." The analysis was conducted for the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also seemed to brush off the claims of doctoring as he excoriated Planned Parenthood for its allegedly "insatiable" desire for taxpayer dollars. He pointedly cited the millions the group has spent on travel and parties and "fairly exorbitant salaries" even while cutting back, he said, on certain health care services.
"Their desire for more of taxpayer dollars is just insatiable," Chaffetz said.