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Thursday, September 10, 2015

US House hears testimony on Planned Parenthood baby harvesting

The US House of Representatives is homing in on the baby parts-harvesting practices of the billion-dollar "non-profit" Planned Parenthood that rakes in half a billion of our tax dollars each year and performs a third of a million abortions. Here's what's going on right now:

Today the House Republican Conference announced the launch of a landing page on that will provide updates on the Planned Parenthood investigations that are ongoing in three House Committees. The press release is pasted at the bottom of this email.
This morning, the House Judiciary Committee held the first in a series of hearings titled “Planned Parenthood Exposed.” The committee heard testimony from two women who have survived attempted abortions, GiannaJessen and Melissa Ohden, as well as National Right to Life General Counsel Jim Bopp, and Yale Professor Priscilla Smith (invited by the minority). Full video of the hearing and written testimony can be viewed at the Judiciary Committee’s website here.  A USA Today story on the hearing noted:
Perhaps the central dispute of the hearing emerged when Goodlatte asked Priscilla Smith — the one witness who supported Planned Parenthood — whether she believed that a standard "dilation and evacuation" abortion is "humane." She responded that for fetuses that are not viable to live outside the womb, it is a humane way to end the pregnancy. "Your view of humanity and mine are different," Goodlatte replied.

More information:

Opening statements

Chairman Goodlatte, text and video (@RepGoodlatte, @HouseJudiciary)
Subcommittee Chairman Franks, video (@RepTrentFranks)

Witness testimony

Gianna Jessen testimony, text and video  
Melissa Ohden testimony, text and video  
Jim Bopp testimony, text and video
Priscilla Smith testimony, text and video

Questions & statements from the panel
Chairman Goodlatte question to Gianna Jessen (@RepGoodlatte, @HouseJudiciary)
Chairman Goodlatte question to Jim Bopp (@RepGoodlatte, @HouseJudiciary)
Chairman Goodlatte question to Priscilla Smith (@RepGoodlatte, @HouseJudiciary)

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2015
Contact: Conference Press
(202) 226-9000
Details of House Republicans’ Aggressive Planned Parenthood Investigation 

Washington, D.C. – The House Republican Conference today launched a landing page on that hosts a comprehensive timeline of the House’s ongoing work investigating the organization.
“As soon as the first video was released in July, the House launched a thorough and aggressive look into Planned Parenthood’s practices that continues today,” said Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “The practices described in these videos are despicable, and we will do everything within our power to hold the President and Planned Parenthood accountable to their content.”
With three standing committees launching robust investigations into Planned Parenthood, the House is taking seriously its responsibility to protect women, families and the unborn. Throughout the House’s investigations, the American people will be able to follow and view updates by clicking here.

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