Planned Parenthood hopes for ‘fair’ treatment from Ryan

Planned Parenthood hopes for ‘fair’ treatment from Ryan
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The president of Planned Parenthood is pressing Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE for more “fair and impartial” treatment as he assumes oversight of the GOP’s new investigative panel into the group.

In a letter sent Friday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards warned the Wisconsin Republican of what she described as “troubling activity” by House Republicans as they have probed the group, accusing some in the party of having a political motive.

“It is increasingly difficult to understand the basis for the ongoing investigations into Planned Parenthood,” she wrote in the letter, shared first with The Hill. The group is now facing four congressional investigations in the wake of the video controversy over its fetal tissue donation program. It not faced any criminal chargss.

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Richards’s letter is an effort to make peace with Ryan as he replaces the previous Speaker, who prioritized his religious and social conservative values. While former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ohio) made the investigations into Planned Parenthood a personal priority, Ryan has said little about the videos.

Richards, who personally testified earlier this month, accused GOP leaders of failing to address concerns such as the alleged leak within the House GOP last week, in which undercover videos that had been protected by a court order were published online.

“A number of the investigative practices undertaken by the committees raise concerns about the impartiality and integrity of their investigations,” she wrote.

Richards also asked Ryan to investigate the group behind the sting videos, the Center for Medical Progress, led by anti-abortion-rights activist David Daleiden.

She specifically blasted the special House investigative panel that was appointed by BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE as one of his last acts in office.

Several of those members, she said, “have already publicly stated that furthering these policy goals is the purpose of their investigation.”

“The fact that the members of the select committee announced to date are some of the most vocal opponents of abortion and advocates of defunding Planned Parenthood in the Congress undermines the fairness of this inquiry,” she said.