Videos Underscore Need to Defund Planned Parenthood


WASHINGTON –The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) today released another in their series of videos exposing the abortion industry’s world of trafficking and harvesting of baby body parts, often involving affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

This tenth video features several high-ranking executives within Planned Parenthood discussing harvesting baby parts and acknowledging that “the headlines would be a disaster” if the truth about their gruesome side business were exposed.

“Even as Planned Parenthood unapologetically continues to kill more than 300,000 unborn children every year, their top executives are aware that the American public would not support them if the truth were exposed,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The curtain has now been pulled back and the public can see once and for all that Planned Parenthood equals big abortion.”

In a letter earlier today, National Right to Life urged the House of Representatives to support the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134), sponsored by Congresswoman Diane Black, when it comes before the House on September 17 or 18. H.R. 3134 would compel PPFA to choose between providing elective abortions and receiving federal funding.

“Congress should vote to push the snout of this bloated abortion mega-marketer out of the U.S. Treasury feeding trough,” said Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director, National Right to Life.

Planned Parenthood is nation’s largest provider of abortions. At least one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at PPFA-affiliated facilities – indeed, one senior Planned Parenthood official boasted in 2014, “We have 40 percent of the [abortion] market in the whole country.” PPFA now defines abortion as a “core” service, which means that PPFA requires every PPFA affiliate to provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood received at least $528 million annually from various levels of government, mostly through federal programs. According to a Government Accountability Office report released March 20, 2015, PPFA received $344.5 million in federal funds over three fiscal years (2010-2012), and another $1.2 billion in funding from Medicaid (a combination of state and federal funds), for a three-year total of $1.5 billion from federal programs. A complete media background memo is available here: http://www.nrlc.org/communications/ppfamediabackground/ .

“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation and they can’t hide behind their facade any longer,” said Tobias.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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