The White House dismissed Carly Fiorina’s dare to President Obama to watch the Planned Parenthood videos that have sparked a groundswell of opposition against the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“I don’t have a specific reaction to those comments,” spokesman Josh Earnest said, entirely sidestepping the issue during the White House press briefing today.
During the CNN debate last night, Carly Fiorina won huge praise from Republicans for her comments on the videos.
“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” she said. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
Earnest admitted that the content of the videos was “shocking,” but added that Planned Parenthood officials had apologized for those comments.
“The president believes that was an appropriate thing for Planned Parenthood to do,” Earnest continued.
He argued that federal funding was not allowed to pay for abortions by law, neglecting to mention that the company’s business model is centered on abortion.
An estimated 37 percent of all Planned Parenthood clinic income revenue is from abortion procedures, according to conservative estimates.
Earnest insisted that any talk from Republicans about blocking funds to Planned Parenthood were actually preventing “millions of families in this country from getting access to health care.”
Planned Parenthood earned some $1 billion in revenue in 2014, while the organization’s Political Action Committees and employees have donated at least $25 million to Democrats in the last 15 years.