Dem accuses GOP of 'misogyny' at hearing on Planned Parenthood

Rep Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyOPM chief abruptly resigns The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the APTA - Biden looks for Super Tuesday surge; coronavirus fears heighten 'Liberated' Pelosi bashes Trump — and woos Democratic base MORE (D-Va.) slammed House Republicans for their treatment of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards during her first appearance on Capitol Hill Tuesday.  

Connolly decried the “disrespect" and "misogyny" that he said Richards has faced from Republicans during a more than three-hour hearing. He berated his colleagues for being “rude” and wasting Richards’s speaking time.

The Virginia Democrat's remarks offered a brief respite from the heated exchanges between Richards and other GOP members of the committee.

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Several members, including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisCheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Liz Cheney decides against Senate bid in Wyoming Liz Cheney leads GOP field by 20 points in potential Wyoming Senate race: poll MORE (R-Wy.), spoke over Richards as she tried to respond to questions, preventing her from answering before her time elapsed.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) also sharply criticized Richards for her annual salary of more than $500,000.

Connolly accused of hypocrisy those who question Planned Parenthood’s motives. 

 “This is not about some bogus video,” Connolly said. “This is about a conservative philosophy that says … we believe in individualism and personal liberty. There’s an asterisk in that assertion … when it comes to women and controlling their own bodies and making their own health decisions. 

Richards is the first official from Planned Parenthood to appear on the Hill since a series of sting videos were released in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss fetal tissue donations.

After his remarks, Connolly promptly turned his time over to Richards.