President Barack Obama’s top spokesman yesterday called pro-life Republicans who want to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business “fundamentally dishonest.” In fact, Josh Earnest did so twice in two sentences during remarks in his press event.
Republicans have put forward measures to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which Senate Democrats have repeatedly blocked. They are now pushing a new reconciliation bill that would possible be able to be approved on a majority vote in the Senate and get around the filibuster from pro-abortion Senate Democrats.
Although federal funds currently do not pay for abortions in most all cases, pro-life groups support defunding Planned Parenthood because they don’t want to see taxpayer funds go the nation’s largest abortion business, which not only kills 330,000 babies in abortions every year but it also sells aborted babies and their body parts. They understand that federal funding is fungible and frees up Planned Parenthood funds that may go to the smaller set of legitimate services it provides to go towards promoting and performing abortions.
Nevertheless, here are the comments from Earnest accusing pro-lifers of being “fundamentally dishonest” about how Planned Parenthood funding works:
“It is why this rhetoric, emanating from Republicans about wanting to defund Planned Parenthood is fundamentally dishonest,” Earnest said. “It certainly is something that is not in the best interest of the country because it is irresponsible to threaten the basic functioning of the federal government over something that, at its root, is so fundamentally dishonest.”
Earnest has said many times that Obama would veto a bill that defunded the organization wholesale, but when asked about reducing the funding, Earnest was uncertain.
“I haven’t seen anything specifically like that come across,” Earnest said. “We obviously would take a rather dim view of any effort to advance an ideological agenda, particularly one that has been bottled up in Congress for a while on legislation that is critical to the funding and functioning of the federal government.”
“We’ll take a look at what Congress puts forward. But the president would strongly oppose legislation that would result in the wholesale defunding of Planned Parenthood,” Earnest added.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has announced it will stop accepting financial payments for the body parts from aborted babies, though it will continue to harvest body parts from aborted babies and donate them and there is no way of knowing for certain if the sales will truly cease.
Before that, Congress has had multiple hearings investigating numerous abuses and potential violation of multiple laws to sell aborted baby parts. And a recently-released analysis from Coalfire Systems that stated the videos shot by the CMP are completely authentic and not deceptively edited as Planned Parenthood has tried to claim.
In the first hearing on Planned Parenthood, James Bopp, the general counsel for the National Right to Life Committee, told the House Judiciary Committee that Planned Parenthood likely broke multiple federal laws in its sale of aborted babies and their body parts for research.
He said, “Recorded conversations, released by the Center for Medical Progress reveal many legal issues with Planned Parenthood’s procedures and practices regarding fetal tissue procurement.”
During a second hearing, Democrats on the panel complained that the videos showing the abuses at Planned Parenthood were “heavily edited.” But when Republicans on the committee attempted to show the videos, they objected and refused to watch them.
At a third hearing, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards defended the sales of abortion babies. She contended that no baby has ever been born alive following a botched abortion, she essentially admitted that claims Planned Parenthood does mammograms are a lie, and she defended her exorbitantly high salary as the head of the nation’s biggest abortion business.
“These procedures and practices of Planned Parenthood, and their tissue procurement partners, show that federal laws when applicable, have been and are continuing to be violated during the procurement and sale of human fetal tissue,” Bopp explained.
Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are looking to use the reconciliation process to approve legislation to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. After the House approved the de-funding measure, Senate Democrats defeated a bill to fund the federal government that included language de-funding Planned Parenthood for one year while the Congressional investigation continues into how it allegedly violated multiple laws to sell aborted babies and their body parts.
House Republican leaders are planning to target Planned Parenthood’s funding by immediately drafting a fast-track reconciliation bill that would be able to overcome the Democrats’ filibuster and be approved on a majority vote in the Senate.
While the reconciliation process would result in getting a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood to pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s desk, Obama has already promised repeatedly to veto any bill that revokes taxpayer funding for the abortion company. The Senate does not have enough votes to overcome such a veto, leading some pro-life groups to point out that there is little hope of de-funding Planned Parenthood until the election of a pro-life president next year.
“The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 61, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year (FY) 2016, and for other purposes, which contains highly objectionable provisions that advance a narrow ideological agenda,” the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said before the vote. Eliminating federal funding to Planned Parenthood would “limit access” to healthcare for women, men, families and “disproportionately” affect low-income people, the OMB said.
Weeks ago, a previous Senate vote on de-funding Planned Parenthood saw Senate Democrats filibuster and block legislation to revoke $550 million in taxpayer funding.
A new Congressional report finds that de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business — even for one year — would save “several thousand” unborn babies from the nightmare of abortion. The report also finds de-funding Planned Parenthood would save the federal government $235 million.
The 10th video by The Center for Medical Progress features several top-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the organization’s secretive practices around aborted fetal parts harvesting. The video includes comments from Deborah VanDerhei, the National Director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, describing the harvesting of fetal body parts as “donation for remuneration.”