After two shocking videos caught Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies, a third video has been released today catching two more Planned Parenthood doctors negotiating the sale of aborted babies and attempting to get as much money as possible from the deal.
Despite that, and even though she admittedly hasn’t seen any of the videos, President Barack Obama’s HHS Secretary is defending the embattled abortion business and defending taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood because she says the funding isn’t going directly to abortions, even though it frees up Planned Parenthood dollars to promote and perform abortions.
Here’s more from The Hill:
Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Tuesday defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood as a third undercover video was released on the organization’s use of fetal tissue.
“What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms,” Burwell told the House Education and Workforce Committee.
“We do not fund abortion,” she said, under the longstanding Hyde Amendment.
Obama’s HHS secretary also admitted she has not seen the videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors facilitating the sale of body parts from aborted babies.
Burwell declined to directly answer a question on her personal views about fetal tissue research. She said she has not seen the Planned Parenthood videos that have stoked controversy, but has read about them.
“This is an important issue that people have passion deeply on both sides of the issue,” she said.
Burwell also said she would not push for her department to investigate Planned Parenthood.
She declined calls for HHS to investigate Planned Parenthood itself, noting that the Department of Justice is reviewing the matter.
There are laws that “should be enforced,” she said, but added “I defer to our colleagues at the Justice Department.”
The Obama administration is connected to at least one of the Planned Parenthood doctors in the video. Nucatola is an Obama administration adviser and she also serves on the board of a pro-abortion sex ed group founded by a former Obama administration official and whose board includes current Obama administration staff.
Reacting to the video, President Barack Obama’s top spokesman Josh Earnest indicated Obama will definitely not agree with pro-life Republicans in Congress to revoke funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
As LifeNews reported, the first video of undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.
In the second video, Planned Parenthood doctor Maru Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.
A total of 9 states have already launched an investigation including Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana and members of Congress have launched an investigation as well.
Despite the investigations, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is defending Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted babies. Richards says she’s not worried about the dozen videos the pro-life muckraker behind the undercover investigations says are still to come because this is a “three-year, well-funded effort by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement in this country to try to entrap doctors, and, of course, highly-doctored videos.”