WASHINGTON, DC –Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Planned Parenthood. The hearing comes after the recent release of edited videos that purport to reveal illegal activities by Planned Parenthood employees, despite numerous claims that question their conclusions. Ahead of the hearing, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), a member of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter signed by 11 members to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) urging the release of the “full, unedited source footage” as Congressional investigations proceed. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
“Just one day back from the August recess, and the Republicans are already resuming the political circus, picking up a baton originally carried over the summer by a biased group with a history of targeting Planned Parenthood. It is unfortunate that instead of focusing on any of the pressing issues on the Congressional agenda this fall, Republicans are choosing instead to try to discredit and smear a vital health care organization that millions of Americans depend on every day.
“From just the witness list and dramatic title of today’s hearing, it is clear that the intention was not fact finding, but opinion confirming. It is the same old war on women – particularly low income women – wrapped in a new layer of fear and lies. The truth is that Planned Parenthood’s services are anything but ‘horrific.’ They are legal and safe. The real danger to women will come if Republicans get their way. Defunding Planned Parenthood would mean truly horrific consequences by forcing women back to the dangerous days of back alley and unlicensed abortions instead of the high quality care available today. Moreover, the health impacts will extend far beyond abortion services as well, since most women go to Planned Parenthood for reliable cancer screenings, family planning, STD testing, sex education, and more. Without this organization, women will be left with fewer – or no – options. That is the real goal of today’s hearing, and it is an unacceptable cost to our country and our families.”