Congressional Republicans challenged Planned Parenthood's U.S. taxpayer support on Tuesday, while the health organization's president said defunding it would disproportionately hurt low-income women. Nathan Frandino reports.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wasted no time on Tuesday, defending her group's federal funding to Congress. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CECILE RICHARDS, PRESIDENT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, SAYING: "The federal funding that Planned Parenthood receives allows our doctors and clinicians at our health centers to provide birth control, cancer screenings and testing the treatment for sexually transmitted infections." Lawmakers have been trying to strip the group's funding over allegations that Planned Parenthood sold fetal issue... allegations which were raised in undercover videos shot by anti-abortion activists. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REP. JIM JORDAN, OHIO REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "Everyone knows these videos are, as the Speaker of the House said, barbaric and repulsive." But Richards says the videos were manipulated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CECILE RICHARDS, PRESIDENT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, SAYING: "The outrageous accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and categorically untrue." Some Republicans have vowed to shut down the U.S. government if federal support for the group is not cut off. Though a stop-gap spending measure currently making its way through Congress keeps Planned Parenthood's funding intact. That bill extends all government funding levels only until December 11... indicating that the fight over Planned Parenthood is far from over.