Rep. Jason Chaffetz opened up the bizarre Planned Parenthood hearing by telling a story about his mom's battle with cancer, which ended up with him in tears. I have no idea why he thought this was relevant to the proceedings, but I guess he wanted to make a statement about how much he cares about women's health issues. But as soon as he had Cecile Richards in front of him, he lost all perspective about women's health services.
This segment between Rep. Chaffetz and Cecile Richards explains a lot of what went on today at the hearing and what his motives are.
Rep. Chaffetz knowingly lies about a chart he had made that's sole purpose was to attack Planned Parenthood with.
Chaffetz, who chairs the committee, at one point showed a slide that had one straight line heading downward and another straight line heading upward.
"You created this slide. I have no idea what it is," Richards said.
"Well, it is the reduction over the course of years — in pink, that's the reduction in the breast exams — and the red is the increase in the abortions," Chaffetz said. "That's what's going on in the organization."
"I pulled those numbers directly out of your corporate reports," Chaffetz said.
"Excuse me," Richards said. "My lawyers have informed me that the source of this is Americans United for Life which is an anti-abortion group so I would check your source."
Chaffetz, paused, stuttered a bit and said, "Then we will get to the bottom of the truth of that."
After watching today's hearing I think we can come to the conclusion that Rep. Chaffetz is a complete farce. And the interesting thing about this observation is that people on his side of the aisle agree with me completely.
Judd Legum has found some great tweets blasting Rep. Jason Chaffetz' led House Hearing against Planned Parenthood by some of the most anti-choice Republicans going.
What went on today was revolting by Republicans in the hearing today and we weren't the only ones noticing it either.