United States Senator Deb Fischer wants Planned Parenthood stripped of federal funding in light of secretly taped videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the trafficking of tissues from aborted fetuses.
But, Fischer isn’t sure the debate should lead to a government shutdown.
“I don’t think there’s much of an appetite in the United States Senate to be looking at a shutdown, a government shutdown,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
Planned Parenthood has its defenders in Washington.
Those in the Senate succeeded in blocking a measure to strip $500 million a year from Planned Parenthood and shift it to federally-qualified health clinics. Pressure has been building, though, as the Center for Medical Progress keeps releasing videos it recorded of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the trafficking of fetal tissues taken after abortions.
Planned Parenthood denies any wrongdoing.
But critics, such as Congressman Adrian Smith, contend the videos expose what has been rumored for years.
Smith co-sponsors a bill in the House to take money away from Planned Parenthood and give it to the health clinics. He’s hesitant though to endorse a federal government shutdown over the issue, suggesting it might be counter-productive.
“I want to pursue the most effective method and move forward from there,” Smith says during a conference call with Nebraska reporters. “Again, a shutdown doesn’t even guarantee us anything.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]