(CNSNews.com) – “Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said during Thursday’s second-tier Republican presidential debate, suggesting that if he is in the White House he will launch a federal investigation into the abortion provider.
“I guarantee you 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 in to Planned Parenthood.”
Jindal was among several GOP contenders who spoke during the debate about the controversy over undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of body parts of aborted babies.
“This is absolutely disgusting and revolts of conscience of the nation,” he said. “Absolutely, we need to defund Planned Parenthood.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called for federal funding to be diverted from Planned Parenthood to “women’s health care – without having to harvest the organs of the unborn.”
“The only way we’re going to defund Planned Parenthood is have a pro-life president,” he added.
Former New York governor George Pataki, characterized by moderator Martha MacCullum as the only “pro-choice” candidate on the GOP slate, also called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
In response to a question, however, Pataki said that the baby organ harvesting video scandal had not changed his own position on abortion.
“My heart was not changed, because I’ve always been appalled by abortion,” he said, but added that he did not believe “we should continue to try to change” Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
Clinton, frontrunner for the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination, posted a campaign video this week defending Planned Parenthood and vowing to “fight back” against Republican calls to defund the organization.