Planned Parenthood has been the target of scathing headlines after two videos were leaked that suggested doctors from the organization profited from the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.
While Planned Parenthood forcefully denies the allegations, presidential hopeful and pro-life supporter Ted Cruz was quick to comment on the scandal by releasing an attack ad calling to defund the organization.
Set to ominous music and featuring the harsh red, black and white color scheme typical of attack ads, Cruz’s new spot hardly treads lightly on the issue.
It shows Cruz speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, declaring the content in the Center for Medical Progress’ sting videos to be “gruesome and disgusting.” He critiques the abortion doctors for showing “no empathy, no compassion, no emotion” when discussing the matter.
The ad includes the undercover footage where one of the doctors jokes, “I want a Lamborghini,” juxtaposed with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly reporting that Planned Parenthood “took over half a billion dollars in the process.”
The Planned Parenthood Controversy & Response
Individuals from the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group, posed as buyers from a fake biotech company and secretly filmed their meeting with Planned Parenthood officials in an effort to catch the doctors breaking federal law.
Planned Parenthood was quick to respond to the allegations. In CEO Cecile Richards’ video response, she asserts, “the allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true. Our donation programs, like any other high quality healthcare providers’, follow all laws and ethical guidelines.”
She continues by apologizing for the doctor’s statements and clarifies that women and families make their own decision to donate tissue for medical research to fight diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer’s.
Planned Parenthood supporters also argue that the viral video is a hoax and that the funds discussed were regarding the cost of transport of the delicate biological tissue, to research centers.
Opponents Call For DOJ to Investigate Planned Parenthood
Nevertheless, Cruz and many other opponents are calling for the Department of Justice to spend taxpayer dollars to open an investigation to prosecute Planned Parenthood and “cut off every penny of taxpayer funds” supporting the organization.
Unfortunately for Cruz and the rest of the #DefundPP camp, a recent announcement by the DOJ stated that they will instead be investigating the group that filmed the videos in question, for obtaining the footage illegally.
This article originally appeared at I Agree to See.