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Blumenthal Blasts GOP Investigation Into Planned Parenthood

(Hartford, CT) – Senator Richard Blumenthal released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL), has launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood and their affiliates, demanding years of records, including state audits for the past 20 years. As a public provider of health care, Planned Parenthood and their affiliates submit to regular audits by the Department of Health and Human Services and state Medicaid programs:

“This abusive witch hunt by Republicans is an unconscionable waste of taxpayer dollars, and harassment of a trusted healthcare provider for millions of women and families in Connecticut and across the country. At a time when countless women are out of work and rely on Planned Parenthood more than ever for essential health care, this invasive and baseless investigation is all the more reprehensible, and will only distract from providing health services. As a former prosecutor and state attorney general, I know a frivolous investigation when I see one – Republicans must stop this abuse of power and focus instead on the real issues at hand, creating jobs and growing our economy for the American people.”