Members of European Parliament call on EU to defund Planned Parenthood until investigations into U.S. video scandal are carried out in Europe

Live Action president Lila Rose addressed members in Brussels today “horrified” over Planned Parenthood scandal

BRUSSELS (October 15, 2015) – Today, American pro-life leader Lila Rose keynoted a meeting at the European Parliament on the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal in the U.S. and previous undercover research that exposed the cover-up of sex trafficking of minors, the promotion of sex- and race-selective abortions, and the return of sexually abused minors to their abusers.

Several members of the European Parliament at the meeting proposed an inquiry into the U.S. scandal and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which receives funding from the European Commission.  Members called on the European Union (EU) to defund Planned Parenthood until investigations are carried out in Europe.  Members also called for stricter controls on EU development aid to avoid unethical and illegal practices involving the sale of fetal body parts.

“Europe is horrified by the scandalous harvesting and selling of human body parts allegedly for profit by Planned Parenthood in the USA. This organization is active also in the EU and receives extensive funding from the European Commission,” said Miroslav Mikolášik, chairman of the working group and one of the members of the European Parliament who invited Rose to speak.  “We invited Ms. Lila Rose to provide first-hand testimony about this practice in the USA.”

Rose, the president of Live Action in the United States, was invited by members of the European Parliament to present to the EPP Working Group on Bioethics and Human Dignity.  Live Action’s past investigations into the American abortion industry span nearly a decade.

“Members of the European Parliament are concerned that Planned Parenthood’s illegal activities don’t stop at the U.S. border,” said Rose.  “I’m grateful to see that members are taking the proactive steps to learn about the abuses we’ve witnessed in the United States and to question what the money they provide Planned Parenthood is actually funding.”

She continued, “Planned Parenthood Federation of America is currently under investigation in the United States for the barbaric practice of dismembering and harvesting the body parts of children it aborts, illegally selling those parts for profit, harvesting organs from babies born with hearts still beating, and putting mothers at risk by illegally altering the abortion procedure to obtain more intact organs.”

Photo of Rose and Mikolášik at the European Parliament on Wednesday, October 14:
(Credit “© European Union 2015”)

Alojz Peterle, another member who invited Rose to speak, said, “It is unacceptable that an organization which appears to be breaching human rights, ethical standards, and laws is operating in the EU and is also being funded by EU taxpayers.  I consider their activities as a serious offense over the first article of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which talks about the inviolability of human dignity.”

Member of Parliament Michaela Šojdrová said, “This case is, first of all, a precious lesson for European countries.”


Lila Rose and Live Action

Rose is president of Live Action and speaks internationally on issues of human rights and dignity.  More on Rose:

More on Live Action and its investigations:

At the meeting, members of Parliament were shown the recent Center for Medical Progress baby parts videos and Live Action videos from previous undercover investigations that demonstrated a pattern of abusive and illegal activity by the abortion giant in America.  Here is the Live Action video presented at the event (3:39 minutes):

Members of the European Parliament who co-hosted the event:

Four members of Parliament, along with the Alliance Defending Freedom International, co-hosted the event for their colleagues and the public.  The four members were:

Mr. Miroslav Mikolášik, Slovakia

Mr. Alojz Peterle, Slovenia (former Prime Minister of Slovenia)

Ms. Michaela Šojdrová, Czech Republic

Ms. Marijana Petir, Croatia

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