Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside Houston offices

By Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

HOUSTON - A Congressional hearing Tuesday was sparked by videos in which Planned Parenthood officials were seen discussing the use of fetal tissue being used for medical research.

The hearing drew supporters to a Houston Planned Parenthood building to demonstrate support for the organization.

They claim Republicans used Tuesday's Congressional hearing to bring up issues that have nothing to do with the videos.

In the secretly-recorded videos that led lawmakers to investigate the group, Planned Parenthood officials were seen discussing their agreement to supply fetal tissue to medical researchers.

But Tuesday's testimony opened the floor for accusations that the group spends millions of dollars on political activities, travel and salaries.

"Roughly, they're spending $14,000 a day on travel. That's a lot. That's money that isn't going to women's health care," Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, of Utah, said.

The group Code Pink at Houston's Planned Parenthood said the GOP is grasping for straws to terminate the group's federal funding since most people associate Planned Parenthood with abortions.

"It's so, so, so much more. This is an attack on poor women who use this for pap smears. They come here for sexual disease tests," a woman named Madelyn said.

Planned Parenthood receives about $540 million each year in federal money, mainly from Medicaid reimbursements, and in the majority of cases that money cannot be used for abortions.

Take a look at one of the recorded videos:


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