- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is planning a push next week to fully ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood, with his office saying the 2016 GOP presidential contender will use “all legislative vehicles at his disposal” to ensure immediate action.

“I am more appalled than ever by Planned Parenthood’s complete disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Mr. Paul said. “The recent revelation that this taxpayer-funded organization is selling body parts of the unborn further proves that this agency deserves our scorn, not our tax dollars.

“I plan to do whatever I can to stop them and will introduce an amendment to pending Senate legislation to immediately strip every dollar of Planned Parenthood funding,” he said.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has apologized after an undercover video was released earlier this week showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, describe how she performs abortions to preserve fetal organs.

Ms. Richards also defended the practice of fetal tissue donation and said the Center for Medical Progress, which released the video, made “outrageous claims” about such practices.

Congressional Republicans have called for an investigation, and other Republican presidential contenders have spoken out against Planned Parenthood in the wake of the video.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, for example, said Congress should investigate and renew its efforts to fully defund the group. And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal directed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to investigate the group’s activities.

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