Buddy Carter questions Planned Parenthood President in House Hearings

| October 2, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Buddy Carter, Georgia’s 1st District Congressman, was one of a number of Republican lawmakers to question Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, during hearings this week in Washington.

Carter, and other Republican lawmakers, has made his opposition to abortion clear. Carter and other lawmakers are trying to determine whether Planned Parenthood is worthy of continued federal funding.  The hearings come on the heels of the release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating terms to sell aborted fetal body parts.

Planned Parenthood received more than $500 million dollars in federal funds last year.  The organization claims it served over 2 million women who, they say, would likely have nowhere else to go for certain healthcare services such as pap smears, birth control and breast exams.

At the hearing, Carter took exception to some of Planned Parenthood’s revenue sources and fund raising activities.

Carter wanted to know why the organization, who requires a half a billion dollars each year from the government, needs an endowment and a New York City condo. “Do you have to have a $100 million dollar endowment or a $70 million dollar condo in New York,” Carter asked Richards during the hearing.

Carter stated that Planned Parenthood has about 650 clinics nationwide. He contends services could be provided by other existing facilities that also receive federal funding. “The Obama Administration says there are 13,000 separate publicly supported healthcare alternatives in the U.S.,” he stated.

Richards stated that if it loses Medicaid payments that up to 340,000 women will not receive health care. She told Carter that was from figures at the Congressional Budget Office.

Congress just passed a continuing resolution to fund government spending and it includes funding for Planned Parenthood.  President Obama had promised to veto any spending bill which didn’t include Planned Parenthood funding and Republican complied.


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