Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has criticized the Republican party over its attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. The Democratic congresswoman argues that this has alienated women and that the GOP brand has been damaged. Video of her comments is shown below, and her comments on Planned Parenthood in particular start around the 6:30 mark.
Warren was speaking with Jake Tapper at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum on Oct. 1 when she slammed Republican lawmakers for trying to shut down the government in a gambit to defund Planned Parenthood, The Hill reports.
There has been renewed interest amongst conservatives to end federal funding for the reproductive health nonprofit after controversial viral videos surfaced online. The videos allegedly depict Planned Parenthood employees discussing the selling of aborted tissue, CNN reports. However, a forensic analysis has found that the videos were altered and deceptively edited, The Huffington Post reported.
When speaking with Tapper, Warren accused Republicans of making it “impossible for a woman who is facing one of the most difficult decisions of her life — they want to find a way to make it harder on her to get the healthcare she needs."
“They're just wrong on this and they're going to be in real trouble on this," she added.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has received criticism for how he has presided over the House Oversight Committee’s hearings with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, according to MSNBC. In one embarrassing interaction, Richards pointed out to Chaffetz that a chart he had produced as evidence -- one he said his team put together -- was both misleading and created by a conservative, anti-abortion group.
Chaffetz insisted that these hearings are not trying to capitalize on the outrage over the online videos.
"It wasn't a hearing about the videos,” Chaffetz told CNN. “The hearing was about the funding of Planned Parenthood… They're doing all these things that don't go directly to women's health."
Chaffetz has taken issue with his critics, insisting that he is not trying to punish women.
“I don't want to send the money overseas,” he told CNN. “I don't want them to be engaged in political activity. I want to fight and win the war on cancer. I am tired of getting lectured from these Democrats that try and say that we don't care about women. That is absolutely offensive."
Warren, however, told Tapper that "we've been in that world before."
“I'm talking about a world where women died," she added. "I’m talking about a world where women committed suicide rather than go forward with a pregnancy they could not handle and what the Republicans are saying is that they want to go back. And what I want to make clear is that we are not going back — not now, not ever.
“What is the first thing they have to stand up to do? Defund Planned Parenthood. That is so out of touch with reality and so out of touch with what it means to govern this country, that they think they've got to try to argue something so that they can move women back.”