A pro-life House member and national pro-life organizations are calling for Congress to immediately defund Planned Parenthood following the release of the blockbuster undercover investigative video from the Center for Medical Progress purporting to show the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of America speaking about how to abort a baby in a way such that its body parts can be useful for medical and scientific research.
“The fact that Planned Parenthood performs upwards of 327,000 abortions a year is heartbreaking and barbaric enough on its own,” Rep. Diane Black said in a statement to Breitbart News. “The news that its employees engaged in the selling of aborted babies’ body parts is almost too much to bear and shows that Planned Parenthood’s disregard for innocent human life was even worse than we imagined.”
“Now that we are armed with further proof of the evils of Planned Parenthood, Congress must pass my legislation – The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act –so that we can cut off this agency’s largest stream of federal funding without delay,” Black added.
National pro-life organizations are also reeling from the story.
“The results of this investigation are truly horrific,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, in a statement to Breitbart News. “This generation is already turned off by Planned Parenthood once they learn that they have abortion quotas, the extraordinary amount of money they receive from taxpayers and that they commit a quarter of all abortions done yearly.”
“The buying and selling of baby body parts is indefensible and the straw that will break the camel’s back,” Hawkins continued. “Planned Parenthood is a gross money-maker and care nothing for the women, and children, they harm in the process.”
Live Action’s Lila Rose said, “This investigation by the Center for Medical Progress reveals the unimaginable horror that is Planned Parenthood.”
Rose’s organization has also conducted multiple undercover investigations on Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities and so-called sex education for young women.
“The exploitation of human life, the cover-up, and the black market profiteering by America’s largest abortion chain is not only egregious and heartbreaking, but exposes how the abortion giant is corrupt to the core — from the CEO, Cecile Richards, down to the local clinic,” she added. “As Live Action has investigated through the years, Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices reveal their contempt for rule of law and human life.”
Rose said this latest exposé of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby parts for profit “should be the final nail in the coffin for the abortion giant.”
“Congress must take immediate action to stop all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and end the bankrolling of this horrific human rights abuser,” she said.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said the undercover video shows “the dark side of humanity as did the case of Kermit Gosnell.”
“The moment when the destruction of a human being becomes just business as usual is a moment we must address,” she continued, adding:
Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, so devalues human life they are now in the business of harvesting body parts. They are wheeling and dealing with tiny hearts, livers, lungs, and even heads, of the children their practitioners destroy during late term abortion procedures. This is an eye-opening, stomach-churning moment. We are a better nation than this. Ending late term abortion will preclude this horror.
During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. Taxpayer funding accounts for 41 percent of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue.
ForAmerica’s Chairman Brent Bozell also called on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood immediately.
“The Republican-controlled Congress must defund Planned Parenthood now. Immediately,” he said in a statement. “The horrific truth that the top doctor at Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted babies compels Congress to recognize it has been funding a 21st century Josef Mengele.”
“Anyone or either party who plays politics with this ghastly, inhuman behavior, or fails to exercise his/her responsibility to end taxpayer funding of it, should be condemned as participatory in it,” Bozell continued. “Let President Obama veto the budget over this. It will crush his presidency, and end this ghoulish practice for once and for all.”