Make Obama choose: Fund gov't or Planned Parenthood

Friday, September 18, 2015
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A pro-family organization is calling for lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives to use a bolder strategy in their effort to defund Planned Parenthood.

"What we are looking for is to take these kinds of ideas and attach them to a continuing resolution in must-pass legislation," says Ed Vitagliano, speaking on behalf of the American Family Association.

The U.S. House has passed and sent to the Senate bills to defund Planned Parenthood for one year, and to provide criminal penalties for abortion clinic workers who don't try to save the lives of babies born alive during abortions.

capture from CMP video #8Why attach the legislation to a continuing resolution?

"Because the facts on the ground are that these bills are not going to see the light of day," Vitagliano explains. "The Senate will not pass this and the President would certainly veto it."

The continuing resolution would have to pass to fund the federal government, meaning President Obama's veto – in defense of Planned Parenthood – would trigger a shutdown of the federal government.

Planned Parenthood receives approximately a half-billion dollars a year from the federal government, hence U.S. taxpayers.

The pro-life bills surfaced in response to undercover videos, now 10 of them, that have put Planned Parenthood and its defenders on the defensive over the harvesting of baby body parts for medical research.

CMP video #6 screen grabFederal law prohibits the sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit, and the videos allege Planned Parenthood officials are knowingly breaking the law, even allowing babies to be born alive so their organs are fresher for delivery.

The videos also show shocking footage of baby parts being sorted, and Planned Parenthood officials callously discussing fetal organs and limbs. 

Charmaine Yoest, who heads Americans United for Life, tells OneNewsNow the videos suggest violations of at least six laws, including the Born Alive Protection Act.

"Multiple people throughout the videos refer to the delivery of an intact specimen," Yoest points out. "For most of us that's a baby, begging the question was that child born alive. In multiple instances, throughout the videos, that appears to be true."


In one video, a whistleblower describes how she helped a co-worker slice through the face of an aborted baby to harvest the brain, with the heart still beating.

Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, claims the videos from the Center for Medical Progress are "heavily edited" and hence somehow untrue, a claim that Democrats are trumpeting - without watching the videos themselves. 

 "We want to force the President's hand," Vitagliano says of AFA's proposal. "And in fact we want to make sure that everyone in Congress is on record, because this horrific practice by Planned Parenthood needs to be exposed."

Planned Parenthood performs about 40 percent of the abortions in the United States annually. 


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