Yesterday, Wednesday, September 9, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” This was the first of three planned hearings sparked by the recent controversy over furtively recorded videos released this summer, and supposed to be an investigation of the practices of Planned Parenthood and any possible illegal actions. However, neither Planned Parenthood nor the anti-choice Center for Medical Progress were invited to the investigation; instead the anti-choice majority called a panel of three life long anti-choice activists and Priscilla Smith, the Director of the Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. 

As anti-choice efforts to defund both Planned Parenthood and federal family planning programs continue, Republican Majority for Choice has been working with Republicans to find a solution. But this event, which one witness even suggested he was told by the committee that “ his hearing is not on that subject [of the videos]” and that he would not comment on it, did not appear to be anything more than an effort to score political points.  But despite the hostility from those on both sides of the aisle, and some odd and seemingly irrelevant comments (talk of “Red China” comes to mind), it was clear these videos have provoked a strong emotional response from many across the country, and those feelings should not be discounted. We need leaders who are willing to put facts first, who recognize the needs of families across the country for fundamental family planning services, that they often can’t get anywhere else. 

For more, read our twitter coverage of the hearing  at the link below, and follow RMC on Facebook and Twitter for future updates. 

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