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Planned Parenthood is having a day.

Sept. 29 saw Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood testify in front of a House Oversight committee to respond to those video tapes.

In response, young adult author Daniel Handler, more popularly known as Lemony Snicket tweeted out that him and his wife would donate heavily to the cause.



Handler is most known for writing the children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Planned Parenthood was very appreciative.



As The New York Times reported, it's been a bit of a circus on Captiol Hill.

In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the president, Cecile Richards, faced off against conservative lawmakers who are seeking to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood after videos released by anti-abortion activists purported to show officials from the health group trying to sell fetal tissue. It was her first appearance before Congress since the issue exploded in July.

The appearance by Ms. Richards before the House committee underscored a broader fight between the parties over Planned Parenthood as the clock ticks on a government shutdown that will begin on Thursday if a stopgap spending bill cannot be passed. While the funding fight is ostensibly about abortion and fetal tissue, the subtext is politics: Republicans perceive Planned Parenthood as a well-oiled, well-funded machine promoting Democratic candidates.

Tuesday's hearing quickly became contentious as Republican lawmakers assailed the organization as more a political advocacy organization that wastes federal money than a health care group that deserves to receive taxpayer dollars.



It's certainly provided some notable bits already.

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Planned Parenthood has had it tough lately. First, some undercover films were released showing some alleged back door selling of fetal tissue, then calling for defunding the organization became a political necessity for candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination.



The videos, which many see as aggressively edited, were captured by an undercover sting operation by the Center for Medical Progress. They swiftly led to Republicans in the Senate bringing a vote to defund the organization Aug. 3. It failed to pass.

Then, in the crowded, 17-person GOP primary field, the topic of defunding Planned Parenthood in wake of the tapes became something of a bingo free space in currying support from pro-life voters. Candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal even went so far as to approve an executive order to withdraw from the state's contract in funding Louisiana's two Planned Parenthood clinics.

Well, things are about to get even worse with this video, which showcased the true experience had by millions of women who reach out for the provider for help and guidance with reproductive health.

Scathing is one word for it.

Maybe now, the assistance that Planned Parenthood gives can be rightly scrutinized.

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Planned Parenthood of Texas has rejected a $500,000 donation from bestselling author Tucker Max in exchange for a clinic named after him, despite the organization's cash-strapped coffers. Why? Maybe because Max is known for skeezy shenanigans and his book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, which is rich in their detail. His media consultant, Ryan Holiday, penned quite the aghast op-ed on Forbes.com today, defending their efforts.

Ummm, not quite the obvious match you thought, sirs.

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