BATON ROUGE, LA, July 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has halted the construction of a massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility over allegations that its parent organization illegally harvests and sells babies' organs.
His announcement followed the release of an undercover video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who oversees medical practices at all Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide, casually discussing the sale of organs and tissue taken from babies after partial birth abortions.
“Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome,” Gov. Jindal said. “This same organization is seeking to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans. I have instructed Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct an immediate investigation into this alleged evil and illegal activity and to not issue any licenses until this investigation is complete.”
“I am also asking the FBI to assist DHH in investigating this alleged criminal activity by this organization,” he added.
Planned Parenthood broke ground on an 8,000-square-foot megacenter in May 2013, but construction halted due to action from the state government. The construction resumed in March.
Jindal, an outspoken pro-life governor, is currently seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
As of this writing, three of his opponents have also weighed in on the controversial video.
Sen. Ted Cruz called the video “sickening.”
“There is no place for taxpayer funding of organizations that profit from taking away innocent life, much less profiting off the bodies of the lives they have stolen,” he said. “Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood's activities regarding the sale and transfer of aborted body parts, including who is obtaining them and what they are being used for. And it should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure that its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.”
Fellow Texan Rick Perry said the video is “a disturbing reminder of the organization’s penchant for profiting off the tragedy of a destroyed human life. It is because of stories like this that I signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state of Texas – to protect human life and the health and safety of Texans.”
Former Hewlitt-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina pronounced the video “tragic and outrageous.”
“This isn't about 'choice,'” she said in a statement sent to LifeSiteNews and subsequently posted on Facebook. “It's about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it's about empowerment.”
The group joins a coalition of conservatives and pro-life advocates demanding the Congress defund Planned Parenthood.