Republican presidential candidates are sounding off about a video that seems to show a top Planned Parenthood executive discussing the transfer of aborted fetal tissue.
As The Hill reports, the undercover video that surfaced Tuesday shows a woman identified as Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, describing in detail procedures to retrieve body parts.
Eric Ferrero, PPFA’s vice president of communications, issued a statement saying the video was secretly recorded and heavily edited by “a well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services.”
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different,” Ferrero said. “At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does – with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.”
GOP presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina issued a statement saying she is “”proudly pro-life. I believe that every human life has potential and that every human life is precious. This latest news is tragic and outrageous. This isn’t about ‘choice.’ It’s about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it’s about empowerment.”
GOP presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement saying the video “showing a Planned Parenthood employee selling the body parts of aborted children is a disturbing reminder of the organization’s penchant for profiting off the tragedy of a destroyed human life. It is because of stories like this that I signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state of Texas – to protect human life and the health and safety of Texans.”
GOP presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued a statement saying there’s “no place for taxpayer funding of organizations that profit from taking away innocent life, much less profiting off the bodies of the lives they have stolen. Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities regarding the sale and transfer of aborted body parts, including who is obtaining them and what they are being used for. And it should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure that its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.”
And GOP presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, speaking in his official capacity, issued a statement calling the video “shocking and gruesome.
“This same organization is seeking to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans,” Jindal said. “I have instructed Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct an immediate investigation into this alleged evil and illegal activity and to not issue any licenses until this investigation is complete. I am also asking the FBI to assist DHH in investigating this alleged criminal activity by this organization.”