Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards appeared before a House committee where she was questioned and, at times, badgered by Republican congressmen on Sept. 29 (videos below).
Richards was there to answer questions from lawmakers about undercover videos filmed by a pro-life group. The videos showed Planned Parenthood doctors and employees speaking about providing fetal tissue from abortions for medical research, which is legal in the U.S.
The graphic language of some of the Planned Parenthood employees, who were secretly filmed at restaurants and other locations without their knowledge, has spurred GOP calls for cutting federal funds for the organization.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio repeatedly asked Richards why she apologized for the "tone and statements" of a Planned Parenthood doctor after the first edited video was released.
Jordan interrupted Richards 19 times as she told him that the doctor in the video should not have had a "clinical discussion in a non-confidential, non-clinical setting," which Richards called "bad judgment" on the doctor's part, notes RawStory.com.
Jordan refused to accept Richards' answer and demanded several more times that she identify what statement she was apologizing for.
During the same hearing, Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin told Richards that Planned Parenthood's services were not necessary because he could find other health care providers "as a guy," reports RightWingWatch.org.
When I look at cities around me that have a Planned Parenthood clinic, usually they're, by Wisconsin standards, in medium-size cities, 20, 30, 40,000.
Usually in those cities, as a guy, I could go to many clinics locally that have all the machines that one would need. All of these clinics as far as I know take Medicaid dollars, so they, you could go to any of those clinics to get any medical service you could.
I guess what I’m getting at is if Planned Parenthood disappeared tomorrow in those towns, there would still be three or four or five clinics or hospitals providing all the Medicare, medical care you would want.
Grothman has been a strong opponent of Obamacare, which has provided over 17 million Americans with health care coverage.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has refused to expand Medicaid in the state (under Obamacare), even though it would cover an additional 152,000 people, according to estimates by Wisconsin’s budget office, reported The Hill in February.
Vox.com recently noted that wealthy women would likely find medical care somewhere else if Planned Parenthood clinics were closed down, but a large number of low-income women would lose their access to medical care.
Vox.com added that Planned Parenthood serves about 2.6 million patients every year, and their clinics are in one of every six counties nationwide.