White House: No Consideration For Cutting Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood

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As a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood is underway and a new video unveiled, White House officials have stated that there has been no discussion of blocking federal funds to the organization in response to the explosive undercover investigation of the organization trading organs from aborted babies for profit.

During the White House press briefing yesterday, one reporter asked if there was any reconsideration about federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“No,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied shortly before moving on to another question.

Last week, Earnest referred questions about Planned Parenthood to the organization itself for details about the ethics of their medical practices.

“Planned Parenthood, I understand, has said that they they follow those ethical guidelines, in fact the highest of those ethical guidelines,” Earnest told reporters.

While defending the organization’s practices regarding donating fetal tissue, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards apologized for the “tone” that was demonstrated by one of their officials in the undercover video.

“In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion,” she said. “This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements.”

A new undercover investigation video was released today highlighting a second official who was caught on tape haggling the price of donated organs, suggesting it would be possible to adjust the abortion procedure to get more organs intact.

“Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up,” the official said before jokingly adding. “I want a Lamborghini.”