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Hearing Turns Tense After GOP Congressman Confronts Planned Parenthood Boss With Abortion Graph


"This is a slide that has never been shown to me before."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) clashed with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on Tuesday morning over a graph showing a purported increase in abortions performed annually by the organization.

"This is a slide that has never been shown to me before … it absolutely does not reflect what's happening at Planned Parenthood," Richards said after Chaffetz showed the graph during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. "No one has every provided [it to] us before."

Chaffetz said the slide shows a reduction of breast exams and an increase in abortion in recent years. Richards rejected that sentiment.

"You created this slide. I have no idea what it is," she said before a member of her team whispered information about the graph into her ear.

Richards then said, "The source of this is actually Americans United for Life, which is actually an anti-abortion group, so I would check your source."

Earlier, the two had clashed over how federal dollars are spent by Planned Parenthood, as Chaffetz probed a number of allocations, expenditures and salary figures.

Watch the heated exchange below:

Chaffetz asked whether Planned Parenthood has any "ownership in foreign companies," after earlier citing claims that the organization has sent money overseas, to which Richards responded, "I don't believe so."

"Your compensation in 2009 was $353,000 ... in 2013 your compensation went up some $240,000," he said.

While Chaffetz said that documents showed Richards' salary at $590,000, she countered that her annual pay is actually $520,000.

From there, the conversation moved onto political organizations that are associated with Planned Parenthood, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a political action group.

Among the areas of concern was $31,000 that Richards received as a shared employee for giving allocated time to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Earlier during her testimony, Richards said that no federal funds pay for abortions and that the monies are used for birth control, STD testing and cancer screenings.

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