Connolly Slams Republicans at Planned Parenthood Hearing

by Karen Goff September 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm 24 Comments

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va. 11th) called out his Republican colleagues for misogyny and disrespect in their treatment of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held the hearing in response to videos of released in July by a Pro-Life group in which a Planned Parenthood doctor explaining the process of providing fetal tissue to researchers.

Conservative lawmakers are seeking to stop more than $500 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

“I hope every American woman is watching today’s hearings, because just the visuals tell you a lot,” said Connolly, who represents Reston. “My colleagues say there is no war on women. Look at how you [Richards] have been treated as a witness — intimidation, talking over you, criticizing your salary.”

“The disrespect the misogyny rampant here today tells us what is really going on here. This isn’t about some bogus video — this is about a conservative philosophy  that says we are Constitutionalists. We believe in rugged invidualism and personal liberty. … But there is an asterisk in that assertion, and that  is except when it comes to women controlling their own bodies and making their own health decisions.”

“You would never know that the Constitution, according to the Supreme Court, guarantees a right of choice,” Connolly continued. “[Republicans think] Hopefully we’re going to erode that choice and that right by using insinuation and slander and half truths to besmirch an organization whose primary role is to provide health services to women.”

Watch the rest of Connolly’s testimony in the video on The Hill’s You Tube channel (above).

  • Greg

    Click bait, no?

  • Rational Reston

    A Democratic Party member who can only spew talking points calls out Republicans who spew talking points.


    • shagga

      “pro choice” took a very ugly turn when planned parenthood decided to sell parts of human babies to labs, they kept the heart beating just to ensure good tissue…. I would much rather harvest organs of convicted rapists and murders, hell why not illegal aliens how broke the law or jaywalkers? If we can kill innocent babies nobody cares about to make a profit, where do we draw the line?

  • chglass

    “You would never know that the Constitution, according to the Supreme Court, guarantees a right of keeping and bearing arms” I love it when you slightly change their words…

  • cRAzy

    Connolly: A lot (and I mean A LOT) of talk, no action.

  • Reason8

    I’m embarrassed that we continue to send a bobble head partisan to Congress. Any…no, EVERY…time he is given a microphone he finds a way to blame someone not of his party for something. What an embarrassment.
    By the way, Gerry, the judge-invented “right to choose” is not at issue. What is being fought is the option to force people morally opposed to abortion to pay for it through taxation.
    If Planned Parenthood’s very existence is threatened by their abortion services, and if that represents only 2% of what they contribute to women’s health services, why have they (and you), like petulant children, locked heels on the issue? Form another organization (Planned Fetalhood Death) for that sole purpose and move on. Oh, but that would destroy a part of your argument about the War on Women.

  • Ming the Merciless

    If you don’t encourage women to kill their own babies and sell their body parts, then you hate women!

    It’s in the Constitution… it only took 184 years to realize it!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    I fail to see how this is worthy of this august publication. Sure, Gerry Connolly is our elected representative, but there was nothing in this hearing that has an immediate impact on Reston. That is, unless we’re soon going to be opening a Planned Parenthood clinic here.

    BTW, I’m Pro-Choice and I’m for funding Planned Parenthood, unlike the other Commentors/Trolls who probably have never had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.

    • Ming the Merciless

      I’m still waiting for the Ken Plum column that mentions anything with an “immediate impact on Reston”.

    • Henry Rearden

      I know to wrap it up and not get involved with someone unless I accept the consequences of having a child.

    • Virginia Harlow

      Of course you are, Chuck! That passes the responsible of your acts into the shoulders of others, doesn’t it? And why should you care if the result of your acts winds up as parts sold for profit? Real men are on the other side of this issue. They care about their offspring and are disgusted and nauseous over the truth if Planned Oarenthood being revealed in this way. Taxpayers with consciences don’t want to pay for this! It’s sickening!

      • DaChief

        You sure are sick a lot, ain’t ya…
        Killing over 400,000 in Iraq “for weapons of mass destruction” that, shucks, just couldn’t be found – that don’t sicken you.
        Killing over 10.000 Afghans over the past few years, that don’t sicken you.
        No, wasting over 2 trillion dollars in the past two decades fighting wars half a world away, that don’t sicken you.
        But 500 million, given to provide poor women health care – even when that money is NOT spent on abortions, that sickens you.
        Even when fetal tissue research is providing huge healthcare benefits to the general population, that sickens you.
        From Time magazine:
        “fetal tissue has contributed to vaccines for polio, rubella and chicken pox. While recent efforts to transplant fetal tissue to treat conditions like Parkinson’s haven’t been as consistently successful, it’s still critical to scientific progress.”
        So speak for yourself – cause you wouldn’t know your conscience if it bit you in your lame ass.

        • Virginia Harlow

          Made a lot of assumptions there, didn’t you. And the usual media euphemisms as well. Some of us understand and recognize the use of euphemisms. We also understand that science will continue just fine with some other funding. But those poor women won’t suffer, because there are all sorts of other clinics that do the same work, all covered. There is no war on women. That’s propaganda. You are a victim of lots of propaganda here, on more than one issue. Let Soros and the feminists who can’t recognize a war on women if it’s staring them in the face….I.e. Islam, fund this sickness ….. Most of us are revolted. If losing government funding would kill Planned Parenthood altogether, it would clearly demonstrate they have a lousy business model. I know my conscience. You may look for yours a bit harder.

        • Mike M

          Thank you Dr. Mengele. Your work and the work of the Japanese Unit 731 may have been helpful too. But there are better ways to get your research material. Legal ways. So, are you saying selling fetal parts was a good deal for the taxpayer? But was it legal? No, it was explicitly illegal. That is the point.

  • shagga

    sell a baby while its still alive , that is [email protected] Sell a baby by parts while it is still alive, then k1ll it, cut it to pieces and then ship it to buyers is just fine to pr0gressives like gerry c0nnolly. Be proud to vote (D), they have been selling people dead or alive since the founding of this country!

  • meh

    Some one who peddles flesh is called a pimp, someone selling parts of babies is called a progressive. I am surprised Gerry hasn’t come up with a new tax on selling parts of babies, he always wants a piece of the action.

  • Henry Rearden

    I thought the affordable health care act made the majority of the items being provided by planned parenthood meaningless. Unless of course we are just trying to keep a baby harvesting factory open, then yes – keep giving it money

  • Mike M

    I’m not even pro-life and Planned Parenthood disgusts me after the recent revelations which prove they are doing the worst of that which they have been accused. If the GOP had any ability to communicate effectively, this would be an easy issue with which to batter Dems out of office. But alas, they have no such ability. Connolly is playing shamelessly to his less discerning female constituency. Unfortunately, they are a huge constituency. And like zombies, they vote, pulling the levers next the the big D. Like other Dem constituencies they feel insecure without a Congressman telling them he stands between them and the big bad world of reality against which they are defenseless.

    War on women? This still floats?

  • RoadApples

    Curious and serious question for our Rep. Connolly:
    Are these indeed your individual personal thoughts and opinions that you are expressing or indeed are these talking points written for you by others; similar to an actor being given a script to read?

  • LakeNewportLady

    I love how many “pro-life” people believe that planned parenthood is an abortion factory…keep on with the Fox News. You’d think I could go in for my annual Pap smear and get a side of abortion while I’m at it. Doesn’t work that way people. I have many friends whose primary obgyn is at Planned Parenthood and guess what….they’ve never had an abortion. *gasp*. In fact all are boring, married middle-class people with children. The “pro-life” people in this country are truly just “pro-birth.” They don’t care what happens once the child is born. Could care less if they have access to food, healthcare, proper education or anything else. And I know I know – don’t have unprotected sex if you aren’t ready to deal with it. Let’s see – oh yes almost 100% men screaming that on the Hill. That’s right because no real enforcement on all the baby daddies to be involved in the children lives or actually make child support payments. They have the ability to go in and out of a child’s life whenever they choose. How about a law forcing men to live with and raise the child they helped create until they are 18?

    • Greg

      But planned parenthood is an abortion factory:

      Planned Parenthood

      Today, Planned Parenthood performs and profits from one in every four abortions in the United States. Not only is Planned Parenthood increasing its “market share” of the abortion business, abortion is an increasing part of Planned Parenthood.Apr 18, 2011

      • LakeNewportLady

        I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess maybe that’s because there aren’t a whole lot of choices of providers who do abortions. It is still NOT the majority of what they do and federal funds aren’t used for it. The federal government doesn’t give an endowment to PP every year. It’s a reimbursement on services provided as approved by Congress. There are only a handful of providers for cable service so I would expect those providers to have the biggest market share of the service they offer.

        • Greg

          Then perhaps Planned Parenthood should consider changing its name?

          There is no endowment given by the federal (or any) government. The only money government gives has either been taken from others or borrowed, and about 1 billion of those dollars, every year, go to Planned Parenthood, the USA’s abortion factory, for whatever it does.

    • Mike M

      So, what say you on the sale of fetal parts? I mean THAT is the issue here. And how much should I pay for your friends healthcare is another one, but for now, selling the parts?


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