The Center for Medical Progress released a video that recaps their findings ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled House vote on a reconciliation bill that would defund Planned Parenthood.
The video, titled “‘PROFIT’ — Planned Parenthood’s Illicit Moneymaking From Baby Body Parts,” is a compilation of videos of Planned Parenthood executives appearing to discuss the sale of aborted fetal body parts.
The bill would also repeal Obamacare.
President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any bill that reaches his desk that would defund Planned Parenthood.
The pro-life group has released a series of videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials appearing to discuss the trafficking of aborted fetal body parts.
Profiting from the sale of human organs, including fetal human organs, is illegal in the United States. Representatives for Planned Parenthood have denied wrongdoing.
The videos have resulted in several state and congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood’s business practices, as well as calls for the nation’s largest abortion provider to lose its taxpayer funding.
“The undercover footage released in the past half-year by The Center for Medical Progress shows medical directors and executives from the top leadership of Planned Parenthood admitting the abortion business trades baby body parts for money and indicating the profit motive undergirding these illicit sales,” David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, said in a statement. “To date, Planned Parenthood has offered no convincing explanation for the money that has poured into its affiliates from fetal tissue procurement companies like StemExpress, which performs the work of fetal tissue collection yet still pays abortion clinics per harvested part.”
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) January 6, 2016
“Planned Parenthood’s recent assurances that it has ceased accepting payment for fetal tissue are an admission of guilt and a last-ditch effort to avoid scrutiny for these indefensible transactions,” Daleiden continued. “As Congress, the Health and Human Services Department, and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies continue to investigate Planned Parenthood’s barbaric abortion and baby body parts business, this footage is a clear reminder of why there is a broad public mandate for the investigations to continue and for public money to be reassigned from Planned Parenthood to ethical, mainstream medical organizations.”
According to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the bill marks “the first time ever” Congress will “send a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood to the president.”
Ryan told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night in an interview that defunding Planned Parenthood “is a very high priority of ours.”
“We could never get through the Senate filibuster. We used the one rule — the one tool we have a year, we call this reconciliation — so we can get around the Senate filibuster to get a bill on his desk defunding Obamacare and Planned Parenthood,” Ryan said.
“How many times have we said we want to put bills on his desk that say who we are, what we believe versus what he believes?” Ryan added. “This is the first time we’ve been able to get on his desk a bill going after Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.”