A series of videos that purport to show that Planned Parenthood improperly sells fetal tissue to researchers for profit has reignited anti-abortion voters’ fervor during a turbulent Republican presidential primary campaign. Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, said Planned Parenthood’s $127 million in profit last year showed the organization could survive without federal funds. Planned Parenthood clinic services include cancer screenings, family planning, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
“As far as I can tell … this is an organization that doesn’t need federal subsidy,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said at the start.
Planned Parenthood gets about $500 million annually in federal funds, largely in Medicaid reimbursements.
“We don’t make any profit off federal money,” Richards responded, adding that “outrageous allegations” against Planned Parenthood were “offensive and categorically untrue.”