(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday it is a “disgrace” that taxpayer dollars go to support Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.
“Overall, about half of Planned Parenthood’s money comes from taxpayers,” Franks told CNSNews.com following a press conference by members of the House Pro-Life Caucus on the alleged sale of organs from aborted babies by Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. “And this is an organization that supports the murder of 3,000 children in America every day.
“The fact that we’re funding it is a disgrace that beggars my ability to articulate,” Franks said.
According to its 2013-2014 annual report, Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics performed 327,653 during that fiscal year.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, said at the press conference that his committee would hold a hearing on the allegations made about Planned Parenthood’s practices.
Murphy said there will be "questions raised – what was legal, what was not legal - but above all, we believe America has a right to know what is occurring and understand that which is legal is not necessarily moral and ethical,” Murphy said at the press conference.
“Congress must – and will – investigate” the allegations, said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus.
“Current law that proscribes altering abortion procedures in order to procure baby organs and body parts as well as the law that says it is ‘unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration’ need to be enforced, and, if need be, strengthened,” Smith said at the press conference. “The ban on partial-birth abortion and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act may have relevance here, as does the House-passed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” Smith said, referring to two laws already in place and the proposed law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
Meanwhile, The Daily Beast ran a story entitled “Planned Parenthood Doesn’t’ Sell Fetuses: The Real Story Behind That Shady Video,” which included a statement from the abortion provider.
“In a statement to The Daily Beast, Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications for PPFA, maintained that Planned Parenthood’s practices surrounding human fetal tissue are legal:
“'In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does—with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.’”