In Hot Seat Today, Planned Parenthood Comes Out Swinging

Offers free STD testing in 28 cities for National Pink Out Day
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2015 7:11 AM CDT
Karrie Galloway, CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Council, giggles as the roar of the crowd drowns out her speech at the state Capitol, Aug. 25, 2015, in Salt Lake City.   (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards heads to a hot seat on the Hill Tuesday morning, as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform holds a hearing on the group's role in the use of aborted fetuses for medical research. In prepared remarks ahead of her appearance, Richards says Planned Parenthood is "proud" to provide fetal tissue to researchers, but just 1% of its 700 clinics do so. She also slams Republicans for not investigating David Daleiden, who recorded controversial videos of Planned Parenthood execs, noting he and other activists "acted fraudulently and unethically—and perhaps illegally."

As she testifies, DC residents can head to popular eatery Ben's Chili Bowl for free STD testing, as Planned Parenthood goes on the offensive in what it calls "National Pink Out Day," reports the New York Times. The STD testing is being offered in 28 cities and there will be other events in almost 90 cities, including a march on Utah's State Capitol, while supporters say they'll give lawmakers 2 million signatures on "I Stand With Planned Parenthood" petitions, reports CBS News. The organization has also spent six figures on an ad campaign that will appear on major media websites, drawing attention to the group's role in providing women with birth control and cancer screenings and in guarding their "reproductive rights," per the Times. (Read more Planned Parenthood stories.)

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