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Rep. Black Slams Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’ Appearance on “This Week”

Jul 26, 2015 Issues: Defunding Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse for more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, released the below statement in response to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards’ appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Black is the author of H.R. 3134, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation has the support of 137 cosponsors.

“The message today from Cecile Richards was essentially ‘Just trust us.’ Nothing in Planned Parenthood’s previous track record or in these undercover videos suggests that we should do so,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Ms. Richards maintains that Planned Parenthood ‘does not at all profit from fetal tissue donation’ yet these videos clearly show one of the organization’s senior doctors haggling over the cost of aborted babies’ organs. Ms. Richards further stated that ‘Planned Parenthood has broken no laws’ but its own employees were caught discussing plans to alter abortion procedures so as  to leave the most lucrative organs intact – a violation of the NIH Revitalization Act – and even stating that the federal ban on partial birth abortion is ‘up to interpretation.’”

Congressman Black added, “Unable to offer a proper defense for her organization’s shameful behavior, Ms. Richards instead launched attacks against pro-life Americans who are rightfully concerned about what these undercover videos have revealed. She said we want to ‘cut off funding for basic health care for women’ when the truth is that defunding Planned Parenthood would not decrease the overall amount of funding for women’s healthcare. It would instead direct taxpayer dollars to other, more reputable providers like the nearly 1,200 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the country that provide preventive care to low-income and vulnerable populations without performing abortions. “

Congressman Black concluded, “Ms. Richards statements today left many unanswered questions. She refused to specifically say how the Planned Parenthood employees seen in these videos had been reprimanded and she would not explain what reforms, if any, Planned Parenthood would enact in the wake of this scandal. These are the questions that must be asked and answered directly during our upcoming Congressional investigations. Ultimately, today’s interview only confirmed my belief that Congress must pass my legislation immediately to defund Planned Parenthood.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees