June 02, 2017
Defending Planned Parenthood has always been a tough job -- but last month, it got even harder with the release of some of the worst undercover videos to date. Just when you thought the group couldn't be any crasser, David Daleiden caught employees laughing about some of the collateral damage of abortion -- like eyeballs rolling into staffers' laps -- and other horrifying tales.
But the stories were more than stomach-turning -- they were also incriminating. At one point, Planned Parenthood Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine talked about how the group evades the partial-birth abortion law by "pull[ing] off a leg or two, so it's not PBA." It's that obvious disdain for the law that's gotten Cecile Richards's group into trouble before. After a series of videos showed the higher-ups at Planned Parenthood were hiding a massive baby organ-selling ring, Republicans finally had enough. Led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the House launched a special panel to investigate the organization propped up by more than a half-billion taxpayer dollars. Despite the Left's refusal to cooperate, Blackburn and company uncovered plenty of abuses of fetal tissue and born-alive infant protection laws.
Unfortunately, under the most pro-abortion president in American history, Congress didn't have the support of the White House to move those allegations forward. Now, armed with more evidence -- and friends in the White House and Congress -- conservative groups are asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to pick up where the Obama administration never left off. "We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, strongly support an investigation into paid fetal tissue transfers involving Planned Parenthood."
Signed by a dozen pro-life organizations (including FRC), movement leaders point out, "The Select Investigative Panel made 15 criminal and regulatory referrals of tissue companies and abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood affiliates... The facts uncovered raise a reasonable suspicion that these organizations, and/or individuals employed by them, may have engaged in a conspiracy to violate the fetal tissue law... The previous administration decided to turn a blind eye to the wrongdoing, which led to the creation of the Select Panel. We request that the Justice Department continue the investigation into the practices surrounding this scandal."
Of course, the first step in stopping this apparent illegal behavior is to stop funding it! Congress should pull the plug on the $554 million the nation's largest abortion provider rakes in from taxpayers every year. The GOP's health care push is designed to do exactly that, zeroing in on the biggest slice of Planned Parenthood's pie: more than 80 percent of its Medicaid funding. Based on the report Cecile Richards released last week, her group hardly needs the money. Record abortions led to record profits for the organization ($77 million), whose clinics only seem to give birth to one thing: scandal. It's time to hold the group's feet to the fire. And Attorney General Sessions is just the man for the job.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.