House Republicans are calling for investigations into Planned Parenthood after a video surfaced of the popular abortion provider admitting to involvement in the selling of aborted baby organs, but some federal lawmakers admitted to seeing the viral video weeks ago.
Many Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill denounced Planned Parenthood's practices, including House Speaker John Boehner, but according to Roll Call at least two House members admitted to seeing the video before its general release.
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Penn., chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee said at a Wednesday press conference that he had seen the video before. Rep. Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus. He was asked by a Roll Call reporter why the House hasn't taken action earlier and Murphy's response took an unusual turn according to Roll Call: more >>
While the undercover video showing that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted babies was obviously offensive to pro-lifers, there was a part of the video that should have offended the sensibilities of those who support legalized abortion, because it showed that Planned Parenthood violates three pro-choice values.
Pro-choicers argue 1) women's health is important, 2) healthcare decisions should be made by patients, in consultation with their physicians, and 3) women should have the freedom to make their own choices with regard to abortion. The harvesting of fetal organs by Planned Parenthood is in opposition to all three of those.
In the video produced by The Center for Medical Progress, two people behind the hidden cameras posing as fetal tissue buyers are having a conversation over lunch with Deborah Nucatola, an abortionist and Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services. more >>
After a federal appeals court ruled this week that four Christian colleges in Oklahoma and a group of nuns will have to abide by an Obamacare contraception mandate that they say violate their institutions' biblical beliefs, former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr explained Thursday that the court loss can be blamed on the organization's lawyers not building strong enough cases.
The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a U.S. District Court ruling that temporarily exempted Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Mid-America Christian University from having to comply with an Affordable Care Act mandate requiring the Christian schools' health insurance providers to offer free birth control drugs that could induce an abortion to its employees.
The court's decision came in one mass-encompassing opinion that also affected the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Colorado nuns who serve the elderly, and a handful of other religious organizations. more >>
Senator James Lankford, R-Okla., delivered an emotional speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday about the recent Planned Parenthood undercover video and their abortion practices to harvest body parts. Lankford also wrote an op-ed on the matter calling for Congress to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1553) to ban abortions after 20 weeks. At the time of the speech, Lankford was the only Senator to speak on the floor about the Planned Parenthood video.
You can watch the video of the speech, or read the transcript here:
"Mr. President, I'd like to take just a moment to be able to speak about a subject that's very, very difficult for me to speak about, and quite frankly difficult for a lot of Americans to talk about and hear about. It connects to all of us, in extremely personal ways. Let me set some context. Not long ago a group of animal rights activists gathered around a research facility, a research facility that was using animals for their testing. The activists gathered around the facility and chanted and has signs that they held up saying 'it's not science, it's violence.' And other signs that said 'animal lives are their right, we have just begun to fight.' As they protested to protect the lives of the animals that were being used in that facility for research. more >>
Deborah Nucatola, the Planned Parenthood doctor caught on video chatting about the harvesting and sale of infant body parts over a bulbous glass of wine, brings to mind Adolf Eichmann's manner as he was on trial in Jerusalem in 1963 for being a major henchman in Hitler's Holocaust.
Hannah Arendt, a Jewish philosopher and writer who was able to get out of Germany before the worst of Hitler and the Nazis fell upon her people, covered the trial for The New Yorker. Later she wrote a book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.
Arendt was struck by Eichmann's nonchalance on the stand and in court. She thought of the word, "banal," meaning hum-drum, ordinary, as one would feel about performing trivial activities, like filing papers, sweeping a floor, counting sheep, or nailing nails. more >>
The biotechnology company named in a secret video recording of a Planned Parenthood executive casually discussing over a meal and wine the harvesting of fetal organs sells "fresh" fetal liver samples for as high as $12,124 while its cryopreserved fetal samples go for $24,250.
"Fetal Liver CD133+ Stem/Progenitor Cells (FL-CD133) are positively selected from homogenized liver tissue," StemExpress explains on page 56 of its 2015 product catalog. Prices for fetal liver tissue samples range from $3,031 to $24,250, depending on a client's interest as well as the format and quantity of the cells. The company also sells four other kinds of cells derived from fetal liver, according to its catalog, which states that the products are "For In Vitro Research Use Only."
StemExpress LLC, registered in California in March 4, 2010, by Catherine Dyer, states on its website that it is "a multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers around the world to fuel regenerative medicine and translational research." more >>