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GOP Committee Chair Opens Hearing by Suggesting Planned Parenthood Funding Helped Kill His Parents

During the Planned Parenthood congressional hearing on Monday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) suggested that his parents would be alive if Planned Parenthood wasn’t being funded.

No, his parents weren’t aborted, they died from cancer. Chaffetz’s logic somehow found a way to blame the death of his parents on Planned Parenthood, painting a harrowing picture of the people we have elected to lead this country.

“Cancer in this country kills about 1,500 people a day — a day,” the chairman noted. “And yet, our federal government only spends $5 billion to fight it. If they were shooting 1,500 people a day, if there were rockets coming in, we would be fighting this with everything we’ve got.”

“We don’t spend enough on cancer,” he continued. “And the reason I’m passionate about the hearing today is we’ve got a lot of health care providers who in their hearts know they are trying to provide good.”

“But the question before us is does this organization, does Planned Parenthood really need federal subsidy? Does it need federal dollars? Every time we spend a federal dollar, what we’re doing is we’re pulling money out of somebody’s pocket and we’re giving it to somebody else.”

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