The following comes from an August 18 My News LA article by Hillary Jackson:
The Los Angeles City Council went on record Tuesday opposing efforts by Republican lawmakers and calls by presidential candidates to defund Planned Parenthood, a provider of reproductive health services.
“As national political candidates shamelessly threaten important health care services for families, we thought it was important to show a strong message of support for Planned Parenthood here in Los Angeles,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, who co-authored the resolution approved by the council.
Bonin said the resolution states the city’s official support for Planned Parenthood’s “safe and affordable health care services,” education and outreach programs and the “life-saving and cutting-edge research” done by the organization.
Councilwoman Nury Martinez, co-author of the resolution, said the defunding of Planned Parenthood would result in “removing services for both men and women, young and old, not only for family planning but also for preventative care services such as cancer screenings and breast exams.”
Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Utah and New Hampshire have all taken steps aimed at cutting state money to the organization. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said the group “does not represent the values of the people of our state.”
Planned Parenthood Vice President of Public Affairs Celinda Vazquez thanked the Los Angeles City Council “for standing with Planned Parenthood and the 150,000 patients we serve in L.A. County every year.”
Democrats launch investigation of pro-life group behind Planned Parenthood expose’ videos
The following comes from an August 20 Life News article by Steven Ertelt:
Just one day after Planned Parenthood was exposed cutting up a live baby for body parts for sale, Democrats in the House of Representative are launching their own investigation after the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Instead of looking into the abortion giant, they are probing the pro-life group behind the series of expose’ videos.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Center for Medical Progress on Thursday, demanding details to show whether the group broke state or federal laws when it secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood staff without consent.
The Center, led by the anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, established a fake company to gain entry into clinics and meetings with Planned Parenthood officials — a move that Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have blasted as potentially illegal.