In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) initially introduced this legislation as an
amendment to a highway bill in the Senate, before drafting it as a
standalone bill. When it was brought to the Senate floor as its own
bill, Sen. Paul used Rule 14 — which allows a bill to be placed immediately into the calendar assuming enough other Senators sign on to it as a petition.
In a press release, Sen. Paul noted:
“The continued disregard and disrespect for human life at Planned
Parenthood, a partially taxpayer-funded organization, is shocking and
appalling. Recent video revelations, involving potentially criminal
activity, make it more obvious than ever that this organization has
absolutely zero respect for the sanctity of human life and is an affront
to the most basic human dignity enshrined in our founding documents.
Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood and I
intend to make that goal a reality.”
Of Note: While Planned Parenthood often finds itself in the news because of the abortion services they offer — abortions are just a fraction of what they do. From cancer screenings, to HIV tests, STI testing, to sex education, and family counseling, Planned Parenthood has a wide range of services.
In mid-July, 2015, undercover videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) were released, claiming to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale
of the organs and tissue of aborted fetuses. CMP claims that the:
"criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”
Planned Parenthood has countered that tissue donations for scientific research do happen, but that reimbursements are only for their expenses. From CNN:
"The group also says it helps people donate tissue "with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards," according to a statement from spokesman Eric Ferrero. Later, Ferrero issued another statement saying, "These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned."
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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