- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Days after agreeing to hold a hearing about Planned Parenthood, Oregon House Democrats have changed their minds.

House Speaker Tina Kotek said Monday that she believes Republicans would have turned the hearing into a “political stunt.”

Nineteen House Republicans sent a letter in August requesting the hearing after anti-abortion activists released secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood executives. Republicans announced Friday that Health Care Committee Chairman Mitch Greenlick had agreed to schedule a hearing for Sept. 28.

But Kotek backtracked Monday, saying she would have supported a fact-based hearing, but Republicans made it clear that they intended to bring “D.C.-style games to the Oregon House.”

House GOP spokeswoman Kara Walker says Kotek’s move “stifles dialogue on an issue that is important to Oregonians from all walks of life.”



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