Obama: Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding Not on the Table

President Obama has ratcheted up the rhetoric in a looming shutdown fight, saying that Democrats are ready to negotiate with Republicans over “legitimate” budget issues.

“Democrats are ready to sit down and negotiate with Republicans right now,” the president said in his weekly address on Saturday. “But it should be over legitimate issues like how much do we invest in education, job training, and infrastructure – not unrelated ideological issues like Planned Parenthood.”

The government runs out of money on Oct. 1. A group of conservatives in the House and Senate have refused to vote for any spending bills that include funding for Planned Parenthood.

The women’s health and abortion provider has gotten a lot of heat for a series of undercover videos that discuss the harvesting of aborted fetal body parts.