On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee delivered a speech on the Senate Floor urging that the silence on Planned Parenthood’s organ-trafficking scheme be broken. After the Center for Medical Progress released undercover video footage revealing that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting organs from aborted babies to sell, the media and government has stayed largely silent, Lee said.
The silence has kept Planned Parenthood safe from an investigation and kept Americans in the dark on what the abortion industry is really doing, he said.
Lee’s full remarks are as follows:
“Last month, before the August recess, the Senate took up legislation – introduced by my friend, Senator Ernst – that would have ended federal funding for Planned Parenthood, transferring its subsidies to other women’s and community health clinics.
Unfortunately, the bill failed on its first vote. But the questions raised by the Planned Parenthood scandal – and the challenges it presents to Congress and the American people – have only grown since then.
At issue are undercover videos – released over the last few months – that provide an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes glimpse inside America’s leading abortion provider. These undercover videos were captured by a pro-life organization called the Center for Medical Progress, and they contain images and conversations unlike anything ever before submitted for public scrutiny.
So far, Mr. President, CMP has released 16 hours of footage depicting what appears to be:
- the routine mutilation of American children, born and unborn;
- the harvesting and sale of those children’s body parts for profit;
- the means by which Planned Parenthood avoids public detection of – and perhaps criminal prosecution for – their actions;
- and finally, in many ways most terrifying of all, the nonchalant, blood-chilling amusement Planned Parenthood personnel seem to derive from all of the above.
To date, no one has rebutted the evidence contained in these videos. Planned Parenthood’s friends and political clients gamely try to change the subject. They take umbrage, and shoot the messenger. They deflect and distract as best they can – the political equivalent of a check-mated lawyer banging his shoe on the table.
Even the guilty deserve a defense, after all.
But they are guilty, Mr. President. And we all know it.