Planned Parenthood CEO: Republicans Are Obsessed with Ending Abortion Access

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards was dragged before Congress Tuesday to testify about recent, entirely bogus, accusations that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal body parts.


The GOP outrage machine has been escalating to a fever pitch over abortion recently, as several key Republicans, including some Presidental candidates like Ted Cruz, have threatened a government shutdown in order to cut off Planned Parenthood from federal funds. This is despite the fact that, by law, none of these funds can be used for abortion services. 

The low-light of this latest charade -- and there were several -- was when Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz held up a chart purportedly showing an increase in Planned Parenthood abortions and a decrease in prevention services. The Congressman claimed it was from Planned Parenthood's own corporate documents. But, it turns out it was from a fringe anti-choice group. Needless to say, the chart was totally bogus, as Mother Jones noted:

There were several more "gotcha" moments that Richards handled with poise. Watch her interview recap on The Rachel Maddow Show below:

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