Posted: 9:15 pm Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
For the second time in a week, abortion opponents in the Congress were demanding an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood, as a new undercover video surfaced, again involving discussions of how much the group would charge for the sale of fetal tissue from abortions.
“The practices brought to light in these videos and reports are shocking and sickening,” said Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) on the floor of the House.
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) July 21, 2015
“Once again, another revelation of another gruesome practice by the organization – the taxpayer funded organization – called Planned Parenthood,” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).
The group known as the “Center for Medical Progress” posted the latest video on Tuesday, arguing that Planned Parenthood is breaking federal law by trying to profit from the sale of fetal tissue, as the video appeared to show a top official of the group negotiating a price for delivery.
After issuing a video denying any wrongdoing last week (which you can see at the beginning of the above video), Planned Parenthood stepped up their rebuttal on social media by attacking the group behind the undercover video:
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) July 21, 2015
“Politicians are using false allegations to attack Planned Parenthood & harm women,” the group’s supporters argued. “Tell them we aren’t fooled, we fight for women’s health and rights.”
But while Planned Parenthood motivated some defenders on social media, there seemed to be growing voices against it in the Congress and in the Presidential race as well.
As President, I would defund Planned Parenthood just like I did as Governor. https://t.co/1mRvNbTe3F
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) July 22, 2015
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 21, 2015
Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress were mostly silent about the latest video, again arguing that this was an effort by the GOP and anti-abortion groups to undermine Planned Parenthood.
— Yvette D. Clarke (@YvetteClarke) July 21, 2015
Republicans have not set any dates for hearings on the matter.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.