Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla) has announced plans to investigate Planned Parenthood asking for their records back to 1998. What is motivating Rep. Cliff Stearns, who is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus to investigate Planned Parenthood? Earlier this year the republican congress tried to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) wrote a letter to Rep. Cliff Stearns:
"We are aware of no predicate that would justify this sweeping and invasive request to Planned Parenthood, It would be an abuse of the oversight process if you are now using the Committee's investigative powers to harass Planned Parenthood again. Your fervent ideological opposition to Planned Parenthood does not justify launching this intrusive investigation."Cecille Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America had this apt comment:
"At a time when American people need jobs, some members of Congress are instead misusing political power to go after health care access for the most vulnerable women in this country, and that's a shame,"Is it possible that Rep. Stearns and the other members of his pro-life caucus members are unaware that their supposedly pro-life views are endangering the lives of millions of women through their legislative attempts to restrict women's access to reproductive care?
From Planned Parenthood:
Dear Representative Stearns:Care to sign this letter? Click Here, Please
You've gone too far. Your so-called "investigation" is nothing more than politically motivated intimidation.
Planned Parenthood health centers are trusted nonprofit health care providers for millions of women. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood for professional, non-judgmental, and confidential care. I am a proud Planned Parenthood supporter, and I stand with them in telling you to stop this appalling misuse of your authority.
Your effort to discredit, damage, and weaken Planned Parenthood will only harm the women and families who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for essential preventive health care. Focusing on attacking Planned Parenthood when millions of women lack access to basic, affordable health care just shows how far out of touch Congress is with Americans' priorities.
I stand with Planned Parenthood just as they have stood with millions of American women. I demand that you abandon your baseless investigation, and do so now.