Progressive Senators blocked efforts to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The legislation was in response to undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide medical researchers with tissue from aborted fetuses, when in fact they are illegally selling the organs for profit.
The four videos released by the Centers for Medical Progress shows people posing as representatives of a company that purchases fetal tissue negotiating with Planned Parenthood officials. The videos also show those officials speaking casually about abortion procedures used to get tissue and close-ups of fetal organs.
During debates over Planned Parenthood’s funding, Progressive leaders attacked Conservatives, claiming they are out of touch with the average American.
“It’s our obligation to protect our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our granddaughters” from the GOP’s ‘absurd policies,’” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada “The Republican Party has lost its moral compass.”
Planned Parenthood says the videos are selectively edited and that the organization only recovers costs of the ‘procedures,’ which is legal, and only gives the tissue to researchers with a mother’s advance consent and in fewer than five states. According to Planned Parenthood, they only provide contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and abortions in their clinics from coast to coast.
With three congressional committees’ investigations, probes in several states and the expected release of additional videos, Senate Conservatives had hoped the added pressure would have caused Progressive support of the groups activities to crumble.
Congressman Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina said he expects to get several dozen signatures on a letter opposing any spending bill containing money for Planned Parenthood. The letter calls for funneling Planned Parenthood’s federal dollars to other providers of health care to women, including hospitals, state and local agencies and federally financed community health centers.
Senate Conservatives say that transfer would allow women to continue receiving the health care they need, since Planned Parenthood’s has only 700 clinics. For their part, Progressives claim many of the organization’s centers are in areas with few alternatives for reproductive health care for low-income women.
This fits right in with Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger and her 1918 vision: “All of our problems are the result of over breeding among the working class, and if morality is to mean anything at all to us, we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral.”