WASHINGTON, D.C., July 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Despite the recently published video exposing Planned Parenthood leadership haggling over prices for the body parts of unborn babies, Barack Obama’s administration signaled that it would oppose any congressional effort to cease federal funding for the nation’s largest abortion chain.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to a reporter’s question whether the administration would think again about federal money for Planned Parenthood. His curt answer was one word: “no.”
Earnest then turned immediately away from the reporter to call on someone else.
Earnest allotted just that one word and roughly one second of time to the Planned Parenthood controversy during the press briefing, after going on for several minutes earlier about recent comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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Planned Parenthood’s alleged willingness to skirt federal law and perform illegal partial-birth abortions to facilitate procurement of fetal body parts for sale, and to barter for those body parts, was revealed last week when an undercover video caught Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services Doctor Deborah Nucatola nonchalantly discussing the regularity with which such practices occur in the organization.
Planned Parenthood, with an annual budget surpassing $1 billion, receives millions of dollars every year from the federal government, and it performs the most abortions of any organization in the U.S.
When appearing at Planned Parenthood’s 2013 fundraising gala, Obama told the abortion provider, which spent millions of dollars supporting his 2012 bid for the White House, “Thank you and God bless you.”
A second video with another Planned Parenthood official negotiating prices for fetal tissue and body parts was released today, with the official joking during the bargaining that she wanted a Lamborghini.
Other pro-abortion advocates are also part of the pattern of attempted dismissal of the Planned Parenthood scandal, trying to downplay the gravity of the revelation.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards apologized for Nucatola’s tone in the first video, but lumped Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of body parts together with its “compassionate care” offerings.
The White House said Friday reports indicate that “the policies that are followed by Planned Parenthood are entirely consistent with the strictest ethical guidelines that have been established in the healthcare industry.”