Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) just declared her presidential candidacy. As an indication of her outlook, Bachmann, speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Washington, described Planned Parenthood as a corrupt, criminal enterprise and called for its defunding. Watch:
Bachmann: We are giving money to corrupt organizations like Planned Parenthood that are committing crimes and enabling young minor girls and covering up issues I don't even want to talk about it because it is so disgusting. But this organization has by their own records performed 324,008 abortions in 2008 and 2009 and that is in addition to the trafficking of underage girls that has gone on under Planned Parenthood's nose. Do you think maybe we can start here by defunding this organization?
In response, Planned Parenthood spokesman Tait Sye said, "The health and safety of patients is our number one priority and Planned Parenthood has a zero-tolerance policy for any staff member who does not comply with the law in reporting threats to the welfare of a minor."
Planned Parenthood accounts for .0083% of the federal budget; no federal funds go toward abortion services, which account for just 3% of its activities. Defunding it would harm the disadvantaged who need cancer and STD screenings and contraception, all part of Planned Parenthood's criminal activities.