House speaker wants hearings on Planned Parenthood video

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) is calling on congressional committees to investigate whether Planned Parenthood is selling organs from aborted fetuses. The Ohio Republican also says he wants President Barack Obama to denounce the practice.

Boehner released his statement a day after an anti-abortion group circulated a video it secretly made showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of body parts from aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood has said the video was heavily edited. It says the organization helps women who want to donate their fetus’ organs for scientific research. It says its activities are legal and they do not profit by donating the organs to science.

Boehner says “when an organization monetizes an unborn child,” it is time for action.

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