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Ron DeSantis denounces Planned Parenthood’s alleged “loathsome practice”

A video this week from the Center for Medical Progress gave unprecedented detail to the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the selling of body parts from the victims of partial-birth abortions. The video went into great detail about the aftermarket for “intact hearts,” “lungs,” and “intact livers.”

Buying or selling human body parts, whether from a human that has been born or aborted, is a felony.

In a statement regarding the video, Ponte Vedra U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis asserted that “this video is deeply disturbing and made me sick to my stomach. That anyone from Planned Parenthood could so casually talk of selling off organs from aborted babies is repulsive. I join my colleagues in denouncing this loathsome practice and Planned Parenthood’s callous attitude regarding the disposal of fetal remains. The organization ought to be ashamed and I will continue to support efforts in Congress to prevent them from receiving taxpayer dollars.”

DeSantis’ position is in line with the national GOP. On Wednesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that the House would investigate Planned Parenthood. “When an organization monetizes an unborn child — and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video — we must all act,” Boehner said.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with the House Judiciary Committee, will investigate the issue. DeSantis is on neither committee.

In response, Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero said Wednesday, “These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn’t matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood.”

“Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned,” Ferrero said in a prepared statement.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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