Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday called a video purportedly showing a top Planned Parenthood executive discussing the transfer of aborted fetal tissue “absolutely horrifying and disgusting.”
“Planned Parenthood and the Democrats who vote to fund this organization owe the American people an explanation for these heinous, and possibly illegal, actions,” the 2016 Republican presidential candidate said, according to BuzzFeed.
“Practices like this cannot be tolerated, which is why as governor, I defunded Planned Parenthood,” Walker added.
The video, which surfaced Tuesday morning, shows Deborah Nucatola, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's senior director of medical services, describing in detail procedures to retrieve body parts.
"A lot of people want intact hearts these days, because they're looking for specific nodes," the woman says in the video.
It was released by The Center for Medical Progress, a self-described group of citizen journalists monitoring medical ethics.
Walker joins a growing list of Republicans condemning the video.
"This video is beyond disturbing," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted earlier Tuesday.
"This isn't about 'choice.' It's about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it's about empowerment," said Carly Fiorina, a 2016 GOP candidate as well.
"Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome," said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also a GOP White House hopeful.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a 2016 contender as well, said that “Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood's activities regarding the sale and transfer of aborted body parts, including who is obtaining them and what they are being used for.”
Planned Parenthood argued Tuesday that the video “grossly mischaracterizes” the issue of fetal tissue donations.
It added that the creator of the video “has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and … has created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers.”
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