Hours after Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards was grilled by members of Congress over her organization's use of federal dollars, she told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that she was "dismayed" by how little many committee members "knew about women's health."
"I do think some of the comments were pretty sexist, but actually, I think it was because they didn't have anything else to talk about," Richards said of her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "It seemed like they didn't really want to talk about any issues that were relevant to the topic at hand.
She continued, "And frankly, I was a bit dismayed at how little many members of the committee even knew about women's health at all."
Richards went on to say that Planned Parenthood serves 2.7 million people, and that her organization takes that responsibility very seriously. She also said that she believes that there's great support for the organization among the general public.
"Folks love Planned Parenthood, not because of our brand, not because of anything they see on TV," she said, highlighting her belief that critics are simply motivated by doing away with legal abortion. "It's because they come to us for health care."
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Recent polls have shown that more Americans support Planned Parenthood than dismiss the organization, and that a majority of the public opposes defunding the group.