Rep. Judy Chu Condemns Planned Parenthood Investigation
EL MONTE, CA – Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, released the following statement in response to the opening of a far-ranging investigation into Planned Parenthood of America and its affiliates recently begun by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Florida, Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
"The investigation called for by Representative Stearns is nothing short of a baseless and unjustifiable Republican attack against an organization committed to providing family planning and other crucial medical care to low-income individuals," said Rep. Chu. "There is absolutely no grounds to call for such an onerous and invasive investigation into Planned Parenthood. In fact, HHS and state Medicaid programs have regularly audited the organization and have not identified any patterns of misuse of federal funds or other illegal activity.
"This investigation is simply part of the GOP's ongoing efforts to gut Planned Parenthood's funding and ultimately destroy this incredibly important organization. I urge any of my colleagues who believe in Planned Parenthood's mission of providing essential health services to our most vulnerable citizens to stand up on behalf of Planned Parenthood and fight against these baseless attacks."
Representative Judy Chu was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees, as well as the new chair of CAPAC.
Congresswoman Chu's career in politics spans 24 years. A lifelong educator, Congresswoman Chu taught community college classes in Los Angeles and East Los Angeles for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a B.A. in mathematics.