It should come as no surprise that Democrats and Liberals believe everything that Barack Obama says, but this is shocking.
Obama said the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials selling aborted babies are “fraudulent,” and that PP would continue to receive$530 MILLION from taxpayers every year.
While PP survived a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate last week on a bill to defund the organization, some Republicans are vowing to try to use the annual spending deadline of Sept. 30 to force the issue, saying they won’t vote for any spending bills that include money for Planned Parenthood.
The Washington Times reported that congressional Democrats said they’ll block any bills that remove money for the organization, and with the White House rising to defend Planned Parenthood, the stalemate could result in another showdown similar to the 2013 fight over Obamacare that left the government shuttered for more than two weeks.
“Democrats will unite against it. This is a Republican path to shutdown,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, insisting the GOP will bear the blame.
The series of undercover videos has catapulted Planned Parenthood back to the top of the news, with a fourth video last week Thursday from the Center for Medical Progress showing Dr. Savita Ginde, who was medical director of a Planned Parenthood branch in Denver.
The group says Planned Parenthood is violating the law by selling aborted fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied wrongdoing, and the White House rose to its defense with press secretary Josh Earnest calling the videos misleading because they were likely heavily edited.
“There’s ample reason to think that this is merely the tried-and-true tactic that we have seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release an edited version of the video that grossly distorts the position of the person who is actually speaking,” he said.
He added, “Based on the essentially fraudulent way in which these videos have been released, there’s not a lot of evidence right now that Planned Parenthood hasn’t lived up to” its ethical standards.
CMP’s David Daleiden said that was a poor attempt to excuse indefensible behavior.
“The four video reports we have released so far are undeniable to anyone who watches them and they prove that Planned Parenthood is engaged in a gruesome and inhuman enterprise. One would think the reaction would be to stop forcing hard working Americans to pay for this enterprise — isn’t there a better way to spend the American people’s money than to give half a billion a year to an organization engaged in selling aborted baby body parts?” Mr. Daleiden said in a statement Friday morning.
White House officials stopped short of saying Mr. Obama would veto a measure to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, but Mr. Earnest said the president won’t allow such a move.
“It’s an effort that we oppose,” he said. “I know there has been an effort on the part of some Republicans to try to play politics with some selectively edited videos. This is a tactic we have seen used before.”
The videos have stirred conservative ire, however, with lawmakers filing a number of measures to try to halt federal funds, which total about $500 million a year, that flow to the organization.
Read the full story at the Washington Times.
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