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Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 48 of their fellow senators urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to cooperate with ongoing and future investigations into the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by footage from the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies.
 
“The videos speak for themselves,” Rubio said. “The cruel and callous language used by senior Planned Parenthood officials is sickening, shows a complete disregard for innocent unborn life, not to mention Planned Parenthood’s clients, and speaks to an organization that is morally bankrupt. There is simply no justification for an organization that fosters this kind of culture to receive a penny of taxpayer funding, and there should be a serious and impartial investigation into the grotesque practices revealed by the video.”
 
One of Rubio’s first actions in the Senate was voting to defund Planned Parenthood.
 
“The footage raises a number of questions about the practices of the organization, including whether they are in compliance with federal laws regulating both the use of fetal tissue and partial-birth abortions,” the senators wrote in a letter to Burwell. “In addition to questions about Planned Parenthood’s compliance with applicable federal law and medical ethics, we believe the footage prompts important policy questions surrounding the issue of abortions permitted so late in a pregnancy – sometimes even later than 5 months – that an unborn baby’s organs can be identified and harvested.”
 
The senators also requested that the Secretary confirm the commencement or immediate initiation of “a thorough internal review of the compliance of the Department and Planned Parenthood – one of the Department’s grantees – with all relevant and applicable federal statutes, regulations, and other requirements.”
 
A PDF of the letter is available here, and the list of 50 senators who signed the letter is as follows:
 
Senator Lamar Alexander
 
Senator Kelly Ayotte
 
Senator John Barrasso
 
Senator Roy Blunt
 
Senator John Boozman
 
Senator Richard Burr
 
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
 
Senator Bill Cassidy
 
Senator Dan Coats
 
Senator Thad Cochran
 
Senator Bob Corker
 
Senator John Cornyn
 
Senator Tom Cotton
 
Senator Mike Crapo
 
Senator Ted Cruz
 
Senator Steve Daines
 
Senator Mike Enzi
 
Senator Joni Ernst
 
Senator Deb Fischer
 
Senator Jeff Flake
 
Senator Cory Gardner
 
Senator Lindsey Graham
 
Senator Orrin Hatch
 
Senator John Hoeven
 
Senator Jim Inhofe
 
Senator Johnny Isakson
 
Senator Ron Johnson
 
Senator James Lankford
 
Senator Mike Lee
 
Senator Joe Manchin
 
Senator John McCain
 
Senator Mitch McConnell
 
Senator Jerry Moran
 
Senator Rand Paul
 
Senator David Perdue
 
Senator Rob Portman
 
Senator James Risch
 
Senator Pat Roberts
 
Senator Mike Rounds
 
Senator Marco Rubio
 
Senator Ben Sasse
 
Senator Tim Scott
 
Senator Jeff Sessions
 
Senator Richard Shelby
 
Senator Dan Sullivan
 
Senator John Thune
 
Senator Thom Tillis
 
Senator Pat Toomey
 
Senator David Vitter
 
Senator Roger Wicker