Bills are now introduced in the House and the Senate to cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, and would instead direct money to women’s health groups. This is a proposed fix to the legal issue of Planned Parenthood misusing federal funds to profit from harvested fetal tissue in the name of research.
A third video released on Tuesday continues to reveal a Planned Parenthood official negotiating with someone believed to be a buyer of fetal tissue. The video also includes an interview with a phlepotomist who worked for a company procuring fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. Phlebotomist Holly O’Donnell stated,
For whatever we could procure, (Planned Parenthood) would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.
Although Planned Parenthood claims, "We do not make a profit on fetal tissue," the legality of Planned Parenthood’s funding hinges on this fact. As RNLA previously reported here, laws restrict fetal tissue research so that no one should benefit financially.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remarked on the Senate floor today:
We introduced legislation last night that would ensure taxpayer dollars for women’s health are spent on women’s health, not a scandal-plagued political lobbying giant.
The Senate expects to vote on the bill before August recess.