Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz promise: We’ll prosecute Planned Parenthood on day one
CLEVELAND, August 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – During the Obama administration, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has visited the White House 39 times. Under a President Bobby Jindal or Ted Cruz, she could visit the Big House.
In separate debate appearances, both Republican presidential hopefuls promised that, if elected, they would instruct the Attorney General to prosecute Planned Parenthood to the fullest extent of the law.
The controversy follows five undercover videos released by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress, showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing what sounds like a partial birth abortion procedure, saying they alter the procedure specifically to obtain the buyers' preferred organs, and saying that such activities add to the organization's revenue stream.
CMP Lead Investigator David Daleiden says his investigation proves the nation's leading abortion provider is guilty of at least two felonies.
Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz say they will find out for sure.
Sen. Cruz said he would launch an investigation on "my first day in office."
"The first thing I intend to do is to rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by Barack Obama," Cruz said. "The next thing I intend to do is instruct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into these videos and to prosecute Planned Parenthood for any criminal violations."
His words echoed those of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was not on the stage with the top 10 candidates. At the 5 p.m. debate in an empty Quicken Loans Arena, Jindal gave some electoral, and legal, advice to Richards.
"Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election, because I guarantee under President Jindal, January 2017, the Department of Justice and the IRS and everybody else that we can send from the federal government will be going into Planned Parenthood," he said.
"In my own state, for example, we launched an investigation, asked the FBI to cooperate," he added, saying the series of undercover videos is "absolutely disgusting, and revolts the conscience of the nation."
As part of the investigation, Jindal canceled the building permit for a pending abortion facility in New Orleans, a project he and pro-lifers in the state have held up through bureaucratic means for years.
Jindal added that politicians "absolutely" need to defund Planned Parenthood, citing his own record as governor as an example.
"We just, earlier this week, kicked them out of Medicaid in Louisiana, as well - canceled their provider contract," he said. "They don’t provide any abortions in Louisiana."
Americans United for Life has ranked Louisiana the top pro-life state in the nation for six years in a row.