McConnell: GOP Congress Can’t Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made the strongest statement yet on Tuesday that the Republican-led Congress will not attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in must-pass government funding legislation this fall.

Speaking to WYMT Television in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell said the pending “battle” over government funding would not include a provision to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood.

The organization has been under fire in recent weeks after undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts. Abortion watchdog group Center for Medical Progress released a new video Tuesday, which is likely to stir anger among conservative lawmakers eager to strip taxpayer funding provided to Planned Parenthood.

But it won’t happen in the Senate, McConnell said.