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

Rep Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyJudge issues nationwide injunction against Postal Service changes House panel advances bill to ban Postal Service leaders from holding political positions Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' 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 LummisChamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection Cynthia Lummis wins GOP Senate primary in Wyoming Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection 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.