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US Senate to debate restricting funds to Planned Parenthood following third explosive video

Pro-life activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted babies (PA)

The US Senate wil debate restricting funds to Planned Parenthood following the release of a third video which suggests that the organisation profits from the sale of foetal parts.

The Center for Medical Progress has obtained another video during which a Planned Parenthood official in Denver discusses pricing per-organ. “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it,” the official says.

The video also includes an interview with Holly O’Donnell, a phlebotomist (a clinical support worker who takes blood samples from patients) who works for a company that procured the tissue of aborted unborn babies from Planned Parenthood.

“For whatever we could procure, (Planned Parenthood) would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated,” she says.

US Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is now sponsoring a bill which would defund Planned Parenthood and it is expected to be voted on any day.

Following a meeting on Tuesday with the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Paul said: “The details are being sorted out right now. I think we’ll know in the next 24 hours exactly what the details are. But I think the big news of the day is that there will be a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.”

Meanwhile Planned Parenthood have denied that they profit from the sale of foetal tissue. Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, told CNN: “I say that unequivocally. We do not make a profit on foetal tissue.”