United States Senator Deb Fischer says Planned Parenthood should be investigated to determine if the agency is breaking federal law while providing abortions.
Fischer says the videos released by the Center for Medical Research are disturbing.
“If we’re seeing the body parts of babies being distributed, if we are seeing procedures for abortion changed so that these baby’s body parts can be preserved during an abortion so they can be sold, that’s against the law,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “Besides the fact that it is disgusting and it is appalling.”
Both Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse 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. The letter requests the department retain all electronic and paper records which might be pertinent to the investigation.
The Center for Medical Research shot the videos clandestinely while dining with Planned Parenthood executives.
Fischer calls the videos disgusting.
“And if Planned Parenthood is breaking the law in this abhorrent manner, it needs to be stopped. It should not be receiving tax dollars,” according to Fischer.
Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million a year in federal funding.
Fischer acknowledges the tone of the letter written by Sen. Ernst appears to question whether Health and Human Services officials will cooperate.
“Sometimes our federal agencies need to be strongly nudged or have a swift kick to respond,” Fischer says. “So, I think the tone of Sen. Ernst letter was entirely appropriate in pushing them to get a response and get it in a timely manner.”
AUDIO: Sen. Deb Fischer responds to Planned Parenthood videos. [1:15]