Bogus GOP Hearing Debunked As Democrat Shows Abortion Would Increase Without Planned Parenthood

In the clownshow that is the House Republican Planned Parenthood hearing, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) shamed Republicans by pointing out that without Planned Parenthood abortion rates would rise approx 40%.

This claim is backed up by actual research, rather than a bunch of hyperbole and hysteria. Public Health Watch pointed out that 40% of unintended pregnancies result in abortion: “Defunding Planned Parenthood wouldn’t just limit women’s access to preventive health care like cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and STI testing and treatment; it would also prevent millions of women from accessing contraception that prevents unintended pregnancies, 40% of which end in abortion.”

This fact bomb came as one of the few moments of sanity in what is an ongoing display of misogyny, ignorance and an epic waste of taxpayer funds as Republicans are campaigning by seeing who can be the rudest to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. It’s important because Planned Parenthood is actually the best way to reduce the abortion rate, for what should be obvious reasons. Access to affordable birth control and family planning helps people avoid unintended pregnancy.

But in case logic is not enough, the nonpartisan CBO has found that defunding Planned Parenthood would likely result in more unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood says their work resulted in the prevention of approximately 516,000 unintended pregnancies.

Vox debunked the idea that women would just go somewhere else to get services and therefore, yes, unintended pregnancies would likely increase:

But a Vox review of academic research, recent Planned Parenthood closures in Texas, and interviews with half a dozen health policy experts suggests the opposite. Historically, researchers have found that when Planned Parenthood clinics close, other clinics do not step up to fill the gap. Meanwhile, when there are fewer reproductive health clinics available, women get less reproductive health care — from birth control to cancer screenings to STD testing and treatment. Unintended pregnancies would likely increase, too.

So this hearing is based on videos that have no evidentiary value due to manipulation/deceptive editing including 42 splices. Republicans did not request access to the edit suite computers used to edit the videos when they were told they couldn’t have access to the raw footage, so the hearing is all about campaigning.

Republicans are wasting taxpayer money in order to campaign based on a hearing that has no value. Investigating videos when you don’t have the footage is beyond ridiculous.

Republicans are wasting taxpayer money in order to increase the abortion rate.

38 Replies to “Bogus GOP Hearing Debunked As Democrat Shows Abortion Would Increase Without Planned Parenthood”

  1. …the Republican’t Potty would condemn millions o’ women to loss o’ health care to placate a SMALL number o’ sociopathetic{emphasis on PATHETIC} angry voters who can never carry the General Election no matter what bullshit they pull…
    …and they wonder why thier numbers are going downhill among total voters???
    …did I miss anything???

  2. It’s primarily about contraception and reproductive health. And if Planned Parenthood loses funding, what will mainly happen is that cancer screenings and contraception and STD testing will become less available to poorer people. Folks with more money, of course, have many other ways to receive all these services, and tend to get them elsewhere already.

    The fight also isn’t about cutting spending. The services Planned Parenthood provides save the federal government a lot of money. It’s somewhat cold to put it in these terms, but taxpayers end up bearing a lot of the expense for unintended pregnancies among people without the means to care for their children. The same goes for preventable cancers and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. You can find a lot more information about Planned Parenthood and its services here.”

  3. Boggles the mind how a female could support the Republican party. But then Trump did say “Look at that face.”

  4. We should not forget the republican party funds this group that made the deceptive recordings, spliced with online doctored photos. They will never admit they’re fake.

  5. PP also provides services to MEN, not just women.
    Why is it the republicans do not want to believe people have recreational sex?

    They’re trying to shame women for having sex, period.

    How many clinics have been closed in TEAxASS?
    I wonder if unintended pregnancies have increased and how much this will cost taxpayers in welfare and food stamps.

    Republicans are PRO-BIRTH, not pro-life, they just let it die or send it off to war to die.

    Here is what is believed to be the footage used in the edited video, it was a premature birth and died.

  6. And Chavetz bitching about not enough funds for cancer research! Bullshit! The American Cancer Society and ALL cancer research foundations have absolutely NO INTEREST whatsoever to find a cure for cancer!! Why would they kill their cash cow! Why would they slay and cook the golden goose that gives them the golden wages and bonuses for nothing!? The reasons NOT to release the cure are many and all revolve around GREED! Releasing the cure for cancer would be EXACTLY the same as the tire industry selling a tire that would never go flat and would retain all it’s tread forever. Getting rid of Planned Parenthood is about gaining absolute control over women from cradle to grave by the misogynistic Christian Reich Wing Males.

  7. The GOP WANTS!! Wants abortions to increase so they can have ANY excuse to get rid of all and any PROPER birth control and repeal Roe vs.Wade! They would GLADLY let women AND babies die to get their sick twisted way!

  8. Joseph — That’s a tired and hateful shibboleth about cancer organizations. For those of us who are alive today because of cancer research funded by them, what you say is just so hurtful. And for those of us who volunteer and donate funds so that others may benefit from cancer research, I would gladly accept your apology. What you have stated has no basis in fact. You seem to think that those CEOs responsible for extremely large national organizations should do it all gratis. You will probably cite Komen to me, and while it’s true that not nearly enough funds raised actually go towards research, I personally know women in the U.S. (who have scant insurance) who are deeply indebted to Komen for their treatment and home care following a cancer diagnosis.

  9. Don’t forget BIG-PHARMA who’s motto is

    I’m currently on 3 of these pills.

    Dumya Bush sold us out to BIG-PHARMA on Medicare part D with NON-GENERIC and never will be medications.

  10. The GOP has absolutely NO interest in preventing abortions. They see it solely as a wedge issue to enable them to get the votes of middle and lower class people who otherwise would vote for Democrats in droves. It’s another phony GOP issue which they trot out every time an election is coming up.

  11. The GOP have no shame. It’s a requirement for today’s Republican. Right up their with insanity, lying, hypocrisy, misogyny, fake Christiandom, fear and hate mongering, paranoid schizophrenia, war mongering, living in fantasyland….

  12. Missouri Finds Planned Parenthood Didn’t Mishandle Fetal Tissue

    Planned Parenthood has repeatedly denied the claims made in the videos, which were made surreptitiously by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress and released during the summer.

    The Missouri attorney general’s report said that it reviewed more than 3,500 pages of documents and conducted multiple interviews of representatives at the clinic and the pathology laboratory. The 47-page report included copies of lab reports and waste-disposal tracking documents.

    It said the investigation covered 317 surgical abortions that took place in June, a month that was chosen because the procedures happened before the release of the videos in July.

    “As a result of our investigation, the Office of the Missouri Attorney General has found no evidence that PPSLR has engaged in unlawful disposal of fetal organs and tissue,” the report said, using the abbreviation of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

  13. They don’t call it a wedge issue for nothing.

    The GOP are cranking up the mighty Wurlitzer stoking the base for the upcoming elections, they know that democratic turnout is traditionally high in a presidential election years, and that they have to keep interest high, and promote high dudgeon.

    The real powers that be could give a f*ck about abortions, they want to control the levers of government and this is simply a tool to achieve their means.

  14. The GOP is using this doctored video claim, as a tool to support political agenda. They treated Ms.Richards poorly during the interrogation, as they usually do during these bogus hearings. This was done purely for theater. The GOP, is the greatest waste of tax payer dollars!
    PP provides totally legal services to women, like it or not. Banking funds for expansion of services, is no different than other non-profits, nor is it illegal. Gov. reimbursement is well accounted for because of scrutiny. The Rep. anti-abortion committee refused to even provide the evidence in question, for the hearing.
    Gov. funding should continue. Unlike V.A. services that could be outsourced for better care, PP services are unique. An already emotional dilemma should not be confounded by prejudice. Without PP, many women would have no access, or only access to expensive hospitals with religious affiliation. Those hospitals refuse to perform abortions on religious grounds, disregarding health of the mother.

  15. As an adoptive parent, I’m grateful for the mother that chose not to abort. But I see the need for, and strongly support PP services. Women should have the freedom of choice, and derserve legitimate and unbiased healthcare. This would be a non-issue, if men carried the shame of unwanted pregnancy. The GOP insists on controlling women, but then refuses to provide financial support to children born into long term need. They can’t have it both ways.

  16. The GOP is pulling out all stops to try to distract and confuse the voters in an election cycle that could very well spell their doom as a political power. Their effort will be an epic fail this time around.

  17. maple,ME APOLOGIZE TO YOU!?! Absolutely NOT! first off the word shibboleth is completely non-sequitur! Notice I said that they have no intention of releasing a cure! I DID NOT say they don’t do research to TREAT cancer TOWARDS a HOPEFUL cure! So you’ve been treated and are in remission, it doesn’t mean you’re cured. I had a brother who died last Dec. of lung cancer, my brother was treated AT! not treated to be cured. What your naïve screed fails to do is to prove any thing that you claim, I have heard many a conversation of oncologists and ALL of them say that a cure would completely destroy their incomes and stock portfolio’s. I feel sorry for someone who simply cannot grasp how the whole machine works! Don’t tilt with me until you’ve got your poop in a group! Apologize to you indeed! Piffle!!

  18. Stats like this prove that this thing has nothing to do with preventing abortion. Or the study in CO that reduced abortions by like 70% by providing access to IUDs. If they actually cared about reducing abortions, they would support comprehensive sex ed, providers like PP, and public health programs like the CO one. The question they should be asking is ‘how can we make it so that you see MORE patients and have a bigger impact??’

    Helping to keep a young woman from becoming a mom before she is ready helps her with her life. This is PRO-LIFE. Republicans aren’t pro-life even one little bit.

    And guess what, “tough-on-crime” republicans? Unwanted babies are much more likely to grow up to be criminals. But then we probably wouldn’t need as many for-profit prisons.

    We need to get the lunatics out of the statehouse and back into the nuthouse where they belong.


  19. I watched some of this today – “some” was all I could manage.

    These people were shameful and showed within minutes that they had no interest in the truth. They belittled women’s health care needs.

    Why any woman votes Republican is beyond me.

  20. The republicans believe:
    Sex is only for procration, not for
    recreation especially for women.

    And you wonder why so many republican men get caught with hookers, trannies, male escorts, or tapping their foot in a restroom stall.

  21. Maybe some Republicans act as you say. Their party platform, however, says that the GOP opposes abortion.

    Make no mistake about it, though: the extreme Christian right is fighting for ideological control of this country. And they’re the ones driving the tea cart.

    That’s why the Planned Parenthood fight has never been just about abortion.

    The way Christo-nazis see it, women should only have sex with their husbands (when their husbands want it). No premarital, extramarital, or recreational sex. Women and girls should be punished for unauthorized sex, eg by forcing them to carry a pregnancy to term.

    Just like in the bible (their interpretation)

    Thus they figure that women and girls don’t need STI screenings or treatment, the HPV vaccination, comprehensive sex education, family planning services, contraceptives, or abortions.

    Thus no Planned Parenthood.

  22. All people need to do is watch Rachael Maddow destroy the republican party on her show about their shameful witch hunt against Cecile Richards. Everything Planned Parenthood does is not only legal but needed in this country when the options for women and their health care are constantly under attack by the Republican party. I watched the hearings and I was totally PO’d about the way they treated MS Richards. Women in this country do not want or deserve their health care decisions, (witch are totally legal) to be decided by a bunch of bias political lackeys. Abortion is legal in this country, get over it!!!

  23. Komen, while providing valuable and life-saving services to cancer patients, continues to test on animals in the most horrific, inhumane ways. This is totally unnecessary. Are they trying to cure animal cancer? Animal testing is a waste of time and money and spreads pain and misery.

    I personally believe that cancer is a cash cow and that many (who are riding that cow) do not want cancer cured. It’s obviously not from lack of money that a cure hasn’t been “found”. We live in a warped world.

    (Off topic-sorry.)

  24. John. How right you are. A spiritual handshake from me to you. By keeping the public’s mind on Planned Parenthood and abortion the Republicans can run their own sleazy campaigns.

  25. Suga,

    I can guaran-damn-tee you that informed Texans like myself know that, and as dems we are all very proud of how Cecile has picked up her Mom’s torch.

  26. maple, I noticed you have not replied to the smackdown. Before you use a word to attempt to impress people you should find out what the word means. Shibboleth means a statement to discern between two different Hebrew families or tribes, it can also mean a test for entry.

  27. Thanks for linking to my blog (PublicHealthWatch)! I am a fan of PoliticusUSA so it’s an honor to be cited in one of your articles. Thank you again :)

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