House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi downplayed recent videos capturing senior members of Planned Parenthood discussing payment for fetal tissue, calling it “a controversy that doesn’t exist” in her Thursday press conference.
Pelosi, a longtime backer of the organization, stuck up for Planned Parenthood, echoing their claims that they “have done nothing illegal.” She added further that there should be an investigation of the “those people who are trying to ensnare” the organization.
“[Republicans] have been out to get Planned Parenthood for as long as I can remember,” Pelosi said opening her comments.
“Planned Parenthood has as its top priority women’s health,” Pelosi said. “That’s what they have always been about. One little part of it is — and women’s health does include reproductive health, but it’s about breast cancer, cervical cancer. Testing and service to women. It’s a very, very important part of the lives of many women in America. ”
“For some reason, the Republicans have had this in their sights…for a very long time,” Pelosi said referring to Republicans wanting to defund the organization.
“This is about women’s health. Planned Parenthood has said they have done nothing illegal,” Pelosi continued. “They did not ever charge, which would be illegal, for fetal tissue. That they’ve only used — only have defrayed the cost of mailing that to someone, which is not breaking the law.”
“I support what my colleagues are doing, which is to say lets have — everybody’s calling for an investigation of Planned Parenthood. Lets have an investigation of those people who are trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist,” she argued.
“Women’s health is what is at stake, and Planned Parenthood is a very important part of promoting women’s health in our country,” she concluded.