WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today calling for Congress to continue the fight to defund and investigate Planned Parenthood:
"A ninth video surfaced this week exposing the horrific practices of Planned Parenthood harvesting the organs of the vulnerable unborn for alleged financial gain. These videos show that this is not one or two clinics acting on their own, but these practices are a part of the Planned Parenthood business model. Congress should not only defund Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer subsidies, but also ensure this institution is properly investigated and exposed. I cannot sit idly by and say that one attempt at legislative action this year is enough. Pro-life members should hold their ground and keep this fight alive in Washington. If liberals want to deny the unborn a voice, then we should put them on record and let the president veto such legislation. We cannot silence America's holocaust of our unborn because of who is in the White House. It is time we send hard-hitting legislation to his desk."
Planned Parenthood receives roughly $1.4 million taxpayer dollars every day according to their 2013-2014 annual report.
On July 28, Inhofe introduced S.1877 to require a special prosecutor to be appointed by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for the purpose of investigating Planned Parenthood's alleged violation of federal law, including changing or delaying abortion procedures for the sole purpose of harvesting fetal tissue and selling fetal tissue for profit. The legislation would also rescind federal funding to Planned Parenthood as a means to pay for this special investigation and would also authorize the investigation of any other organization that funds or conducts abortions.