Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be suspended while Congress investigates videos released by an anti-abortion group.
A fourth video has been released by the Center for Medical Progress in which it appears a Planned Parenthood officials discusses the trafficking of fetal tissue and organs after abortions.
Fortenberry says Planned Parenthood has carefully cultivated an image of providing women health care.
“Now the façade has come down,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “The gruesome realities of this organization are exposed. It is sickening. It is shameful. And this is a taxpayer-funded organization, by the way, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars and that doesn’t even count what they receive through various affiliates and associates in overseas monies.”
The selling of fetal tissue and organs from abortions is illegal. Planned Parenthood insists it has not broken the law and has stayed within federal statutes.
Fortenberry says federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be suspended while Congress investigates whether that is true.
“But there is a deeper issue here of really what this organization has stood for in the past and why we continue as Americans to not really work hard to heal the past,” according to Fortenberry. “Everyone out there, everyone is affected in some way or another by the painful reality of abortion. But the selling of unborn baby parts brings this to a gruesome level that should awaken the conscience of the entire nation.”
Fortenberry rejects the notion that if Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive federal money, women won’t receive medical care.
“As a matter of first principle, abortion is not health care,” Fortenberry responds. “This organization is completely entangled in profiting in the profitable industry of abortion and that’s the reality.”
Fortenberry says Congress needs to investigate, but the nation needs to reflect.
“As gruesome and sickening as this is, the reality is it makes us confront something that we all want to push off to the side and just sanitize and not deal with.”