This weekend, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz rebuked pro-abortion claims that the Center for Medical Progress falsified its undercover Planned Parenthood videos, and argued the controversy also served as an indictment of President Barack Obama.
Cruz was participating in a MSNBC town hall event. During a discussion of abortion, he noted that “virtually none of the network news would show the videos on air”(neither ABC, CBS, nor NBC covered the releases of any of the seven videos released after July 2015). To that, host Chuck Todd claimed “some of it was made up.”
“No it wasn’t,” Cruz shot back, going on to explain, “it is a federal crime – a felony with a 10-year prison term – to sell the body parts of unborn children for profit.” The videos, he continued, “show senior Planned Parenthood officials laughing, sipping Chardonnay, and bargaining, and apparently selling the body parts of unborn children. Listen, even if you’re pro-choice, selling the body parts of unborn children as a commercial endeavor is a horrifying thing.”
The videos reveal a number of officials from Planned Parenthood and StemExpress, a tissue procurement company the abortion giant works with, seemingly discussing multiple federal crimes relating to acquiring and profiting off organs from aborted babies. Despite pro-abortion claims the videos were deceptively edited, two separate forensic analyses (one of which was performed by a Democrat-aligned research firm and commissioned by Planned Parenthood themselves) confirmed the audio of their admissions was not manipulated.
Cruz then called the situation “one of the sad indictments of the Obama Administration.”
“Nobody on Earth, you don’t think and nobody else thinks the Obama Justice Department would ever investigate Planned Parenthood, because they are a political ally of this administration,” he lamented. Statements from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Attorney General Loretta Lynch indicate top administration officials have not watched the videos.