Rising star of the left Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) placated to his radical base by lambasting Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood over the recent videos exposing the organization's alleged illegal operation of selling aborted baby organs, calling the move part of a "long-term smear campaign" that seeks to harm women.
In a statement, Sanders said:
The attempt by Senate Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. The current attempt to discredit Planned Parenthood is part of a long-term smear campaign by people who want to deny women in this country the right to control their own bodies.
Sanders also lamented that ending Planned Parenthood's federal funding would be "devastating" and would cheat women out of "quality services":
"Cutting that funding will be devastating to the health needs of millions of women who desperately need the quality services Planned Parenthood provides," he added.
The statements were made by Sanders Wednesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fast-tracked legislation to defund the abortion conglomerate. The proposed legislation would cut off all federal funding to the death machine and divert it towards other women's health organizations.
Sanders' comments echoed that of Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from Tuesday, who called efforts to defund PP "an attack on women's health" and accused Republicans of carrying out "some right wing crazy deal."
For the legislation to pass, it will need a 60-votes majority, which senate Democrats have promised to block.
Originally published at ChurchMilitant.com