TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Presented with a bill to defund Planned Parenthood by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the U.S. Senate killed the proposal with the automatic filibuster, which has been restored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It received only 53 votes, six short of the 60-vote threshold.
"This means that Planned Parenthood's half-billion in federal funding is safe for the moment, despite undercover videos providing evidence that Planned Parenthood is violating federal laws against trafficking in human organs," states AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D.
"The abortion giant is shielded by one Republican Senator, Mark Kirk of Illinois, all Democrats except Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and veto-wielding President Barack Obama."
"Planned Parenthood receives money for body parts retrieved from aborted babies," said Orient. "The legal question seems to be about the amount, and whether it constitutes a profit."
The fourth undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress shows laughing personnel probing fetal remains, which are obviously not just a "blob of tissue," Orient notes. They were able to tell that "we got another boy." An eyeball was identified but might have been rejected because researchers like the eyes to be a little more developed.
The second and third "tri[mester]s" are especially prized. "Some of these babies might have survived in an ICU, and surely felt pain while being crushed and dismembered alive," Orient states.
"Investigation might show that some Planned Parenthood officials should be criminally prosecuted," Orient states. "The broader issue is whether taxpayer money should go to the lucrative abortion industry instead of to community health centers that serve women's health needs as their mission, not as cover for their real business of abortion."
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to preserve private medicine and the patient-physician relationship.
SOURCE Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)