Enough! Congress investigates defunding Planned Parenthood
A string of undercover videos that shows employees of the nation’s largest abortion provider aiding and abetting underage sex-trafficking has prompted powerful players on Capitol Hill to call for the cash-strapped federal government to stop funding Planned Parenthood.
In the videos, members of the pro-life activist organization Live Action posed as the “managers” of 14- and 15-year-old prostitutes, even girls illegally brought into the country, and taped Planned Parenthood employees offering services, proposing ways to skirt mandatory reporting laws and helping the pimps find ways to get abortions for the girls.
Now Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – which in turn oversees federal grants to Planned Parenthood – is demanding action.
“We’re going to bring Health and Human Services Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius, put her under oath in the spring and ask her to explain what is she doing about these videos,” Stearns said at a press conference yesterday. “And if she lies, then we’re going to ask the attorney general to investigate her.”
“Taxpayers are demanding to know how their money is being spent,” Stearns continued in a statement, “and these videos answer how Planned Parenthood uses public dollars.”