What You Need to Know from Yesterday's Planned Parenthood Hearings - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
What You Need to Know from Yesterday’s Planned Parenthood Hearings

I’ll be back later today or early tomorrow with my assessment of the Republican performance in yesterday’s Planned Parenthood debates (let’s just say, if they are as “well-prepared” for next week’s Benghazi hearings, Hillary Clinton will sail through them like they were a pantsuit sale at Bergdorf’s), but regardless of how misguided and hapless the questioning committee was, Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards certainly didn’t earn her (more than half million dollar) salary yesterday either. 

  • Although Planned Parenthood claims that they desperately need the $500 million or so they get from the Federal government to provide “women’s health care” to underprivileged ladies across the country (through their miserably small number of clinics), they’ve spend hundreds of thousands on lavish, themed parties with celebrity guests. The parties, designed to raise private funds for the “non-profit” organization, include first class flights, top notch accommodations, and extavagant entertainment. 
  • In 2013, Planned Parenthood spent more than $5 million on travel expenses, averaging $14,000 in expenses per day. And while Planned Parenthood’s corporate heads can do what they want with the money they rake in, I suppose, they are certainly the first CEOs to sit before Congress and have their unlimited expense accounts explained away by anti-corporate Democrats – the same ones who forced auto executives to carpool to Washington to beg for taxpayer money.
  • Planned Parenthood has solid assets as well, including “$34.8 million for its corporate office space near Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2011. In 2015, it sold a 72,000 square-foot condominium to Brookfield Property Partners for $69.6 million.”
  • Cecile Richards makes a whopping $600,000 per year, and while Democrats protested that she was queried over what, exactly, she does to earn her salary, they’ve certainly questioned other CEOs over their golden bank accounts. Cecile Richards makes less than the million dollar salary necessary to put her in the crosshairs of Occupy Wall Street, but she’s by no means outside of the 1% of American wage earners.
  • Richards finally admitted under oath that Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms, though she has been cagey on that point in the past (and others, including the White House, have claimed otherwise). 
  • Planned Parenthood claims that only 3% of its services are actually abortion services, but according to reports from the committee yesterday, abortions account for 86% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue. It seems a disparity comes into play because Planned Parenthood counts each individual action as a service. So, for instance, a yearly gynocological exam is not one service, but a series of them; the Pap smear, pelvic exam, STI test, birth control counseling, birth control prescription, birth control provision, bloodwork, breast exam, and paperwork are all counted as separate services. If you also get an abortion, that’s only 10% of the services you received, even though you received, technically, only two actual services.
  • Oh, and while two abortion survivers actually testified for the committee, Cecile Richards has never heard of a child “born alive” following an abortion. So there’s that.

Unfortunately, the hearings barely touched on the subject matter that made the necessary in the first place: allegations, based on video evidence, that Planned Parenthood was harvesting organs from aborted fetuses and provided them to science labs for experimentation. The question surfaced, but was quickly dismissed by Richards who claimed the videos were “selectively edited” (they’re not), and showed no evidence of illicit behavior (sort of beside the point, when you’re chopping up babies). 

Next time, they should probably just let Carly Fiorina loose on Cecile Richards. Now that would have been a matchup for the ages.

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