Both of Nebraska’s United States Senators have called for an investigation of Planned Parenthood in wake of the release of videos purporting to show its executives discussing the trafficking of fetus body parts.
Both Sen. Deb Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse call the videos appalling.
They have signed a letter drafted by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa requesting the federal Department of Health and Human Services aid Congress in an investigation of Planned Parenthood practices. The senators accuse Planned Parenthood of violating federal law and medical ethics. It requests the department retain all electronic and paper records which might be pertinent to the investigation.
The videos have been released by the Center for Medical Progress, both shot clandestinely while dining with Planned Parenthood executives.
Sasse issues a caution for those wanting to watch the videos.
“The real news here is just how disgusting it is to talk about marketing and selling and making a profit off of baby body parts,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I want to be clear to your listeners that if you try to watch the video it will make you sick.”
At least 50 senators have signed the letter so far.
Sasse, who has long held that Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding, says the organization should be stripped of the $500 million it receives each year from the federal government.
“But I think the more fundamental thing that needs to happen is we need to pause as a culture and reflect on the dignity of human life and how we can have a higher regard for that great gift,” Sasse says.
Fischer released the following statement regarding the letter:
“The videos of Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the price of baby body parts are appalling. This organization receives nearly a billion dollars in taxpayer funding each year – which I oppose – and these practices must be investigated thoroughly.
“I am disgusted by these revelations. Congress has a duty to conduct robust oversight and determine whether this organization has broken the law. If so, they must be held accountable.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]