Three years ago this month, we were horrified to learn that members of Planned Parenthood were caught on video coldly discussing selling baby body parts.
Those videos, taken by undercover citizen journalists, showed abortion industry executives haggling over the price of hearts, livers, brains and kidneys and describing, in chilling detail, their techniques for crushing late-term babies to get the freshest organs.
Americans were furious that members of Planned Parenthood sought to squeeze every last opportunity for cash from the sale of hearts, brains, lungs and livers of aborted children.
It was deeply troubling to see them talk so callously about unborn children, and we knew we needed all of the facts so that we could hold those responsible completely accountable for these horrific acts.
The Obama administration did not step up. No, they instead turned and investigated the whistleblowers. They ignored Planned Parenthood’s gruesome practices and did not seek to stop them.
We needed someone who we could trust to lead the investigation. We needed someone who wouldn’t back down from a fight. We needed someone who was steadfastly pro-life. We needed Marsha Blackburn, and she stepped up.
She chaired the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, and under her leadership, the panel issued 15 criminal referrals. Now, based on those referrals, Planned Parenthood faces formal investigation by the Department of Justice. That is a major turning point in the battle to hold the nation’s largest abortion business accountable, and we thank the Trump administration for taking decisive action.
Now, as Marsha runs to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate, we are reminded of the critical importance of electing pro-life leaders who will never back down from doing the right thing. We have seen exactly what she will do in tough situations, and we know she’s the right woman for the job.
Her opponent, Phil Bredesen, will not protect the right to life. While running for Congress, he said he supported federal funding for abortion if the baby had Down’s syndrome. In fact, as governor, he refused to sign legislation that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. Fortunately, the Tennessee state legislature passed that bill into law without his signature, but in the Senate, there will be no such check.
Tennesseans have a clear choice in November. They can elect a liberal, who supported Hillary Clinton and her extreme pro-abortion policies, or they can elect Marsha, who has a rock solid record of fighting for life. There is just one candidate who Tennesseans can count on to stand up for their shared values and protect life.
With a pro-life president and majorities in the both the Senate and the House of Representatives, we are able to take concrete steps towards protecting the right to life for generations to come, but control of the Senate hangs in the balance with this election.
It is more imperative than ever that Tennesseans send Marsha to the Senate so that she can continue to fight for life as she always has.
Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
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