Planned Prosecution for Planned Parenthood
It’s been a rough four weeks for Planned Parenthood. First, they watched the shocking defeat of the most pro-abortion candidate in the history of presidential nominees. But things went from bad to worse this week when the group that thought it escaped punishment for selling baby parts for profits learned it was being recommended for prosecution from the House’s Select Panel on Infant Lives.
A year into the investigation of Cecile Richards’ group, the committee believes it has ample evidence of “potential criminal activity.” Several groups have been swept up in the panel’s net, including Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, StemExpress, DaVinci Biosciences, and others who had referrals to buy “tissue.” “They justify the existence of the panel and its investigations,” Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) said. For Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who’s led the charge to hold these groups accountable, this validates the long and difficult process of trying to bring Planned Parenthood to justice. “Many years from now, we’ll look back on this practice as a dark and horrible time,” a solemn Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) remarked. Fortunately, he and a host of pro-life leaders are doing their very best to stop it.
With the clouds of suspicion still hanging over Richards’s group, the new Congress shouldn’t hesitate to use the reconciliation process to redirect tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers who operate under the law. Last year, Congress blazed a trail in preparation for a president who understands the value of every person, born and unborn. On Election Day, that’s exactly what voters delivered. On both the federal and state levels, voters empowered the pro-life party to bring an end to the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood.
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