WASHINGTON (BP) — Planned Parenthood’s decision to forego federal reimbursements for fetal tissue donation serves as an admission of its guilt and should not halt the congressional effort to defund the organization, its critics say.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced Oct. 13 that none of its centers will accept federal reimbursement in the future for expenses accrued in tissue donations from aborted babies for research. In a letter to Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, PPFA President Cecile Richards said the action was taken to “completely debunk the disingenuous argument” used by opponents in the wake of undercover videos providing evidence the country’s leading abortion provider trades in baby body parts.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said PPFA’s announcement “is an acknowledgment of what they have denied all along.”
“This is essentially Planned Parenthood’s way of saying, ‘We never did this, and we won’t do it again.’ It is time for the United States government to hold this predatory corporation accountable.”
Moore and 37 other pro-life leaders wrote congressional leaders Oct. 5 to encourage them to use the reconciliation process in an attempt to defund PPFA. Reconciliation enables a budget-related bill to reach the president’s desk without requiring 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. The House Budget Committee approved such a reconciliation measure Oct. 9.
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