Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz just wrote an op-ed for USA Today in which he makes an impassioned plea for Congress to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of shocking videos about the practices of the nation’s largest abortion provider. But another GOP candidate for the 2016 nomination, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is taking a more visible and dramatic tack in his effort to promote pro-life policies.
Cruz’s piece in USA Today was compelling as he argued that Americans should not be forced to fund the activities of Planned Parenthood through their tax dollars. “An organization that generates a large part of its revenue from terminating innocent human life should not receive one penny of taxpayer money and those who engage in what may be criminal activity must be held to account.”
Jindal’s pushback against Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion activists has taken the form of a big-screen visual display outside the Governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge. According to Breitbart, the Thursday showing of the videos released by the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) coincided with a protest at the executive residence by pro-choice supporters of the abortion provider:
…while abortion supporters protested outside the Governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge, Jindal set up a huge movie screen and speakers and played on a continuous loop all of the videos released in recent weeks showing the brutality of Planned Parenthood’s baby-parts business.
One of the problems faced by the Center for Medical Progress is that many people are refusing the watch the grisly undercover videos where Planned Parenthood personnel discuss dissecting aborted babies in order to sell their eyes, lungs, livers, hearts, and even brains.
As Western Journalism has reported, the most recent video released by CMP shows a former Planned Parenthood insider describing how an employee restarted the heart of a close to fully developed baby boy and then cut through the baby’s face with scissors to retrieve his intact brain. That harvested brain was then reportedly sold for medical experimentation.
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Regarding Thursday’s big-screen display of the CMP videos during the protest by pro-abortion rights activists, Jindal’s office issued a statement that read in part: “Planned Parenthood has a right to protest today, but Governor Jindal’s office will ensure that anyone who shows up will have to witness first-hand the offensive actions of the organization they are supporting.”
Louisiana is among a handful of states where Planned Parenthood has lost government funding since the release of the videos showing officials and employees of the organization and its affiliates discussing the sale of aborted baby parts. Live Action News says that New Hampshire, Utah, Arkansas, and Alabama have also taken action to strip financial support from Planned Parenthood. Other states have launched investigations of Planned Parenthood offices operating within their borders.