Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina slammed Planned Parenthood during the second GOP debate on Sept. 16 and said that the government should be ashamed if they don’t absolutely stop funding Planned Parenthood for using baby body parts for medical research.
Carly Fiorina slammed President Barack Obama for continuing to fund Planned Parenthood, an organization that she believes is corrupt and ruining our nation. The pro-life candidate said that the government should stop funding Planned Parenthood and cut off the women’s health care provider, especially in light of the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees trading fetal tissue for money.
“Anyone who has watched this video tape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” Carly said. “This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.” Carly is referring to a video that has been leaked which shows a fully formed fetus on an operating table and the legs are kicking but Planned Parenthood vehemently denies this was at one of their clinics. In the video, Holly O’Donnell, who works for StemExpress says: “This is the most gestated fetus and closest thing to a baby I’ve ever seen. I’m sitting here looking at this fetus and its heart is beating and I don’t know what to do.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also said that the government should completely shutdown on Oct. 1 in order to stop funding Planned Parenthood: “We got to talk about what we would be willing to shut down for. We elected a Republican Congress to do this. And they should be doing it, and they’re not. And they’re giving the president a pass.”
But cutting funding might not be the best idea. Did you know that Planned Parenthood has been providing affordable health care and family planning services to men and women for over 100 years. 2.7 million women and men in the United States annually visit Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers and they provide nearly 400,000 Pap tests and nearly 500,000 breast exams each year. They also provide nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including 700,00 HIV tests. We should also point out that Planned Parenthood has never used government funds for abortions and in fact less than three percent of all their services are for abortions.
HollywoodLifers, where do you stand on this issue?
— Chloe Melas