Earlier this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) accused Planned Parenthood of spending $40 million on parties, travel expenses and office space during a House Oversight and Government Committee hearing. The Hill reported that he said the abortion giant threw themed parties with some of that money, using names like “Murder Mystery,” “Gathering of Goddesses and Gods” and “Chocolate Champagne.”
The committee also said Planned Parenthood spent $622,706 on events with celebrity guests, purchased an expensive Manhattan office ($34.8 million) and spared no expense when it came to travel costs. Apparently, their executives flew first class and used the organization’s funds on charter travel. The committee says all this information comes from an extensive investigation into Planned Parenthood and from reviewing several years of their tax returns.
According to the Washington Examiner, the committee pointed out Planned Parenthood’s lavish spending because they believe the organization doesn’t need federal funding to survive. However, abortion proponents said the committee was out of line for questioning the organizations misuse of money and Cecile Richards’ salary. Richards is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood and makes $590,000 every year.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said, “I find it totally inappropriate and discriminatory. I’ve never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary.”
Of course, the liberal Huffington Post agreed with Rep. Maloney and said Rep. Chaffetz was being “mean” toward Richards.
As LifeNews previously reported, in July Planned Parenthood made national headlines after videos were released showing their top executives haggling over the price of aborted babies’ body parts, admitting to altering abortion procedures to procure salable organs for harvesting and casually discussing ways their doctors can “crush” unborn babies to obtain fully intact parts. Unbelievably, one Planned Parenthood director even jokes about using the money she receives from selling aborted babies to buy a Lamborghini.
Then, in the seventh video, former Stem Express employee Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term aborted baby at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
Shockingly, abortion supporters have convinced some Americans that the videos were “highly edited” even though the full unedited videos are available online. At the hearing, Richards said the accusations against her organization were “outrageous” and asked the committee to denounce them.
She said, “The outrageous accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood, based on heavily doctored videos, are offensive and categorically untrue. These acts against women and healthcare providers don’t reflect American values or the rule of law. I hope this committee will condemn them.”