Congress will investigate Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announced today. The investigation comes in light of a shocking undercover video released yesterday by the Center for Medical Progress, showing Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually munching on salad while describing how she strategically aborts children so their organs can be harvested.
A number of Republican presidential hopefuls have already spoken about the video, calling for Congress to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, which currently receives 45 percent of its $1.2 billion annual budget from government funding.
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Speaker John Boehner – who has tried to stop taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood before – and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy gave statements today as well, referencing the sanctity of human life and the abortion practices they described as “gruesome” and “inhumane.” Boehner stated:
Nothing is more precious than life, especially an unborn child. When anyone diminishes an unborn child, we are all hurt, irreversibly so. When an organization monetizes an unborn child – and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video – we must all act. As a start, I have asked our relevant committees to look into this matter. I am also calling on President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.
Life is truly a miracle, and here in the House we have fought and will continue to fight to protect the sanctity of life. I speak for all of my colleagues when I say I was deeply disturbed by reports and video of an organization engaging in such grotesque and inhumane practices. I will be working with House Committees to investigate the claims made by the employee. We should all agree that no life is expendable, and our society has no place for such callous indifference to life.
Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion chain, receiving over $500 million in forced taxpayer funding every year. Every day, the abortion corporation receives $1.4 million in tax dollars, according to its annual report.
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After the release of the undercover video, Live Action President Lila Rose urged an immediate halt to all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
This investigation by the Center for Medical Progress reveals the unimaginable horror that is Planned Parenthood. 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. As Live Action has investigated through the years, Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices reveal their contempt for rule of law and human life. This latest expose 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.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Texas Governor Greg Abbott also announced plans to investigate the abortion giant in their states.