The Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, announced he is leaving the Republican Party after the GOP-led Congress passed a budget last week that continues funding for Planned Parenthood.
Mr. Graham has previously said he has no faith in any political party, but his renunciation of the GOP on Monday echoed the anger of many on the far right who have called for Congress to halt all funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of undercover videos that revealed the group’s practice of harvesting tissue from aborted fetuses.
“This is an example of why I have resigned from the Republican Party and declared myself Independent. I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America,” Mr. Graham said in a Facebook post.
“Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps!” Mr. Graham continued. “That should’ve been all that was needed to turn off the faucet for their funding.”
The post drew immediate support, garnering over 33,000 likes and over 13,000 shares on Facebook.
The federal government provides $528 million in funding for Planned Parenthood — about 40 percent of the organization’s annual budget — mostly through payments to Medicaid for services provided for low-income patients.
Federal law prohibits the organization from using tax dollars to fund abortions.