Nebraska’s Congressional delegation wants to see Planned Parenthood stripped of its federal funding, with one exception.
United States Sen. Deb Fischer says videos of Planned Parenthood officials indicate the organization is selling organs from aborted fetuses.
“We have to make sure that that does not happen, that that will not happen again,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fischer and her Senate colleague, Ben Sasse, want $500 million in federal funds taken from Planned Parenthood and given to community health centers.
Sasse rejects arguments that moves to defund Planned Parenthood equal a war on women’s health.
“The idea that this is somehow a war on women’s health is complete nonsense,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Every single dollar that is currently going toward the country’s largest abortion provider could be going to real women’s health services and that’s what we’re in favor of.”
A string of videos shot clandestinely with Planned Parenthood officials has been released by the Center for Medical Progress. The first videos indicate Planned Parenthood officials discuss what abortion techniques spare organs which can be harvested for sale. Other videos seem to show Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the prices of fetal body parts. More videos may be coming.
Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith also call for Planned Parenthood to lose funding in wake of the revelations from the videos.
A number of Congressional investigations are being planned.
Congressman Brad Ashford agrees Planned Parenthood should be investigated, but disagrees it should be defunded.
“I have no problem with an investigation at all, if that is what the Congress desires,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But, I think any action taken by Congress should occur after the investigation, not before.”
Ashford says taking funding away from Planned Parenthood is not an appropriate response. He says an appropriate response is to have more oversight of what Planned Parenthood does with the federal funds.
Ashford defends Planned Parenthood, insisting its actions over the years have reduced the number of abortions in America.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]