Rep. Reid Ribble (R., Wis.) defended House Republicans’ strategy of defunding Planned Parenthood while also keeping the government running, as the body passed a bill that denies the organization funding for a year while Congress investigates it for potential illegal activity.
Ribble said Friday that he also supports a provision in the legislation that would reallocate money to community health centers nationwide that provide prenatal services to low-income residents but do not perform abortions.
Planned Parenthood has come under heightened scrutiny in recent weeks after a series of undercover videos, filmed by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress, raised questions about whether the nation’s leading provider of abortions has been illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.
“Stop and think what the left is trying to convince us of,” he said. “They’re trying to tell us that human life has no value, but the individual body parts do. And that’s an astounding thing to say when they’re trafficking and selling human fetal tissue and organs.”
The bill that temporarily defunds Planned Parenthood, introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R., Tenn.), shifts federal funding to an estimated 13,500 local clinics across the country that provide health care to underserved communities. According to a press release from Black, the legislation also boosts funding to these community health centers by $235 million. Planned Parenthood has about 700 clinics in the United States.