Ever since an anti-abortion group edited videos to make Planned Parenthood appear in a negative light, Republicans have jumped at the chance to defund the women’s health organization. With the president of Planned Parenthood appearing in Congress, one Democratic congressman decided to speak out against recent Republican attacks.
Multiple videos have been released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group who allegedly edited the footage with the hopes of making Planned Parenthood appear to be illegally selling fetal tissue. Numerous investigations have found that the women’s health organization has not violated any law, but despite this, House Republicans have threatened go as far as to shut down the government over federal funding to the organization. During a meeting in Congress on Sept. 29, Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat from Virginia, unloaded on Republicans for their opposition to Planned Parenthood, as reported by The Hill.
With Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards appearing on Capitol Hill, Connolly appeared to have had enough of the attacks from his conservative colleagues. Calling Republican attacks “disrespectful” and nothing more than “misogyny,” the Virginia Democratic continued his defense of Richards and Planned Parenthood.
“This is not about some bogus video…This is about a conservative philosophy that says ‘we believe in individualism and personal liberty.’ There’s an asterisk in that assertion, when it comes to women and controlling their own bodies and making their own health decisions.’
When it was Richards’ turn to speak, she said she was “proud” of the work her organization has done, referring to the recent sting videos as nothing more than a “smear campaign” by anti-abortion extremists. While Republicans claim that the federal government is funding abortions through Planned Parenthood, none of the money the organization receives is used for that cause. Only three percent of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are used for abortion, none of it government money, with the rest being allocated for women’s health and preventative care.