A Nebraska United States Senator has joined with other senators calling for Planned Parenthood to be stripped of federal funding in wake of shocking videos released to the public.
First one, then another.
Now, a third video released; clandestine recordings of Planned Parenthood executives discussing abortion procedures that spare organs so they can be used later for medical research.
In one video, the Planned Parenthood official appears to be haggling over the price of fetal body parts.
Sen. Deb Fischer stated during a news conference Planned Parenthood should no longer receive federal money.
“People all across this country are horrified and appalled by the images that we have seen on the videos and the conversations that we have heard on those videos,” Fischer stated during the news conference held in Washington, D.C. “What is especially shocking is the lack of compassion towards women and unborn children.”
Fischer is co-sponsoring legislation by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa which would strip funding from Planned Parenthood and give it to other health organizations.
Republican leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, joined a number of senators at the news conference.
Fischer had already co-signed a letter Ernst wrote to the federal Department of Health and Human Services to request help investigating Planned Parenthood. Sen. Ben Sasse also signed the letter.
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 Progress shot the videos clandestinely while dining with Planned Parenthood executives.
Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million a year in federal funding.
Dar Danielson of Radio Iowa contributed to this report.
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