5 Takeaways from 9 September 2015 House Judiciary Committee Hearing on ‘Planned Parenthood Exposed’

Gianna Jessen; NRLC General Counsel James Bopp,Jr.; Priscilla Smith, director of the Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice; and Melissa Ohden sworn in during a hearing before House Judiciary Committee Alas, I had way too many irons in the fire Wednesday to be able to attend the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled, “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” That’s unfortunate because there is nothing like attending in person. However I was able to watch portions online in real time and then a little more last night when the hearing was rebroadcast on C-SPAN. I would strongly encourage you to watch the hearing. Here are five takeaways. #1. Talk about setting the table…The leadoff witness was Gianna Jessen. Her story is remarkable enough at any level. In 1977, saline abortion was a common second-trimester technique used to kill huge babies. The late J.C. Willke, MD, NRLC’s president for a decade, famously called them (correctly) salt-poisoning abortions. Gianna told her story with the passion and the grit and indefatigable zest for life that those of us who have seen her many times before have come to expect. It was fascinating–no lesser word will do–to watch the faces of various people the camera captured. One man continued to methodically chew his gum. A young woman did her best not to look up, either at Gianna as she testified, or at the documents and photos that were shown on a screen. Amazingly, after 18 hours of being burned in her mother’s womb, Gianna was delivered alive in an abortion business in...