Rep. Black: ‘You Don’t Get Livers and Hearts and Brains From a Blob of Tissue – That’s a Baby’

By Penny Starr | September 10, 2015 | 3:13pm EDT
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) spoke at a rally protesting the federal funding of Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill on Sept. 10, 2015. ( Starr)

( – At a rally in support of ending federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said Thursday that the group’s characterization of abortion as a “blob of tissue” is completely false and that the undercover videos recently released that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and selling of organs for aborted babies prove it.

“For too long, [women] have been told this is just a blob of tissue,” Black said at the rally, which was held on Capitol Hill. “Well, let me say this: You don’t get livers and hearts and brains from a blob of tissue – that’s a baby.”

Black has introduced legislation – the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 or H.R. 3134 – that would suspend all federal funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider until the investigation by House committees into the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress is complete.


The House Energy & Commerce Committee is investigating Planned Parenthood’s activities. The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee is investigating how Planned Parenthood gets its funding, and the House Judiciary Committee is investigating the Justice Department’s enforcement of the law, according to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) press office.


Pro-life activists gathering on Capitol Hill on Sept. 10, 2015 to protest the federal funding of Planned Parenthood. ( Starr)

“I know that Planned Parenthood is not about women’s health,” said Black, who is a registered nurse. “It’s about deceiving women in the most difficult and vulnerable moments of their life.

Black noted that Congress has a busy month ahead, including approving a continuing resolution to keep the government open that could include funding for Planned Parenthood.

“It values convenience over truth, and it values profit over life,” she said.

“We’ve got big challenges in Congress this fall, but nothing, in my opinion, nothing could possibly be more important than how we treat an innocent life,” she said.

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