Paul: Why Should Tax Dollars Go to 'Morally Repugnant' Planned Parenthood?

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Paul: Why Should Tax Dollars Go to 'Morally Repugnant' Planned Parenthood?


Boland, Barbara, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper tried to get Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to say that he would "shut down government" if Congress failed to defund Planned Parenthood, a promise fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has made, but Paul refused to take the bait.

"If President Obama wants to shut down government because he doesn't get funds for Planned Parenthood, that would be President Obama's determination to shut down government," Paul told Tapper.

"I support any legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood," said Paul. On Cruz's threats of a government shutdown, Paul said "I don't think you start" with that as "your objective."

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Paul has been trying to garner support in the Senate for a bill he introduced that would defund Planned Parenthood after the release of undercover videos showing high-level executives haggling prices for fetal organs.

"A lot of people, even a lot of pro-choice people, are upset by these videos," Paul said. "Manipulating the baby, turning the baby around to get to body parts, and then selling the liver, and the doctors cavalierly saying 'oh well, yeah liver is popular right now for sale.'"

"I think most Americans don't want their tax dollars going to this," continued Paul. "So I think when something is so morally repugnant to so many people, why should tax dollars go to this?"

Support for defunding Planned Parenthood has been growing. Eighteen lawmakers sent a letter to Republican leadership Thursday saying they will not support any spending bill unless Planned Parenthood no longer receives government funds. The group currently receives over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding, money which it claims is not spent on abortion.

Paul said he supports money going to 9,000 community health centers "that do everything that Planned Parenthood does, but they don't get into abortions," money which Tapper said was only available through Obamacare, which Paul had opposed. …

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