Pallone says GOP position on Planned Parenthood is 'extortion'

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) accused Republicans on Thursday night of trying to extort a pledge from Planned Parenthood to end abortion services by threatening to cut off the group's taxpayer funding.

"I'm just amazed by the extortion that I heard on the other side of the aisle tonight," he said during the third hour of floor debate on a GOP amendment to end taxpayer funded abortions.

"Basically what the Republicans said is that if Planned Parenthood agreed not to perform abortions, then they could continue to perform their other functions," he said. "But if they insist on performing abortions, then we're gonna starve them for money and they won't be able to provide contraceptives and family planning and all the other healthcare services for women that are so important here."

"To me that is just an incredible statement, because essentially what you're saying is, we'll extort this," Pallone continued. "We don't really care about all these other services that they're providing, what we really care about is abortion. And if you sign on the dotted line, then you can continue to perform the other healthcare services, as long as you don't perform the service that is allowed under the law of the land."