House chair: Planned Parenthood doesn’t need federal money

Cecilia Richards
In this photo taken April 26, 2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards speaks in Washington. In Planned Parenthood’s first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos, the organization’s president said she is “proud” of its provision of fetal tissue for research but also sought to minimize the organ donations as a small part of its work. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee chairman is using Planned Parenthood’s first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos to say the organization does not need federal money.

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashed out at the organization for what he called “exorbitant” spending for salaries, travel, parties and lobbying. He said that money was being spent on political activity, not on providing health care to women.

Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday was Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Her appearance marked the group’s first public face-to-face encounter with Republicans since videos began emerging this summer showing the organization’s officials discussing how they provide fetal tissue for research.

The videos have made cutting Planned Parenthood’s federal money a top-tier priority for Republicans and conservatives.

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