Planned Parenthood's chief defended aggressively in hearing
The hypocrisy in the Planned Parenthood funding hearing was rampant. The disrespect given to Planned Parenthood's President Cecile Richards bordered on misogyny.
Representative & Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz should be ashamed of the entire hearing. His attacks on Cecile Richard illustrated that in fact his party's war on women is real. It is not made up.
Representative Jason Chaffetz attacked Cecile Richards for her salary. Cecile Richard is the president of a very large organization that services over 2.6 million citizens every year. She travels extensively throughout the country ensuring that those that would attempt to bring down Planned Parenthood on false premises are kept in check.
Jason Chaffetz's attack drew a fierce response from Representative Elijah Cummings. He pointed out that while Planned Parenthood was never found to have done anything illegal, this president's compensation is being questioned. He then pointed out several corporations convicted of serious wrong doing whose presidents and chairpersons' compensation was never questioned. Representative Elijah Cummings articulation of the facts seemed to surprise Representative Jason Chaffetz.
Those attacking Planned Parenthood are actually going against the will of the citizens. Americans support funding the organization. The DailyKOS reports the following.
Shutting down the government in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood might be one of the least popular things Republicans could do:
American voters oppose 69 – 23 percent, including 56 – 36 percent among Republicans, shutting down the federal government in the dispute over funding Planned Parenthood, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.
Sadly, those attacking Planned Parenthood are exhibiting the behavior of the class bully. Citizens must speak up and ensure they are unsuccessful.