The first legislation is now in to defund Planned Parenthood. Let’s see how many other Congressional leaders will step up and join Rand Paul.
Sen. Rand Paul has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, as have several other Republicans seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, and he may set up a roadblock to the federal highway funding bill this week to do so.
His efforts are in response to the undercover video released last week that shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, describing in gruesome detail how fetuses are aborted to preserve body parts—and implying that the organization is involved as a middleman in selling them.
“Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood and I intend to make that goal a reality,” a release from the Kentucky senator’s office stated.
And although Paul hasn’t specifically said he would use the highway bill to eliminate taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood, the roadway measure it is the main event on the Senate agenda this week. The chamber is set to vote on opening the debate Tuesday morning – the first step on an anticipated bumpy road ahead for federal highway funding.
“I plan to do whatever I can to stop them and will introduce an amendment to pending Senate legislation to immediately strip every [federal] dollar of Planned Parenthood funding,” Paul said.
The Kentucky senator is one of several Republicans speaking out against the organization but is the first to propose doing it with immediate legislation.
“Planned Parenthood has proven to be a repulsive, revolting, stomach-churning enterprise that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Gov. Mike Huckabee told Breitbart Wednesday.
“This is a shocking and horrific reminder that we must do so much more to foster a culture of life in America,” Jeb Bush tweeted after the video’s release.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reacted by launching an investigation into Planned Parenthood in his state. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Rick Perry, and Former Sen. Rick Santorum also have released statements condemning the practices.
Planned Parenthood said the video was heavily edited and all tissue donations are made with “full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.” Added Eric Ferrero, the group’s vice president of communications, “There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood.”
This story was originally published by RealClearPolitics.