President Obama would veto legislation defunding Planned Parenthood amid accusations that the group profits from selling aborted fetal tissue.
"On balance, the president would not be supportive of any sort of congressional act like that," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said about congressional Republicans desire to strip the organization's federal funding. "Apparently, Republicans are just getting started in that effort and that is an effort we oppose."
Earnest said allegations that Planned Parenthood — following a series of undercover videos — is not following proper procedures in procuring and donating aborted fetal tissue are unsubstantiated.
"There's ample reason to think that this is merely the tried-and-true tactic that we've seen from some extremists on the right to edit this video [and] grossly distort the position of the person who is actually speaking on the video," he said.
Planned Parenthood said the depictions of what its staff and associates featured in the four videos put out by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress are "entirely inaccurate," Earnest said, adding that the organization provides "needed" healthcare services to women and that Obama will not back "yet another effort by Republicans to try and defund" Planned Parenthood.
"The fraudulent way" in which the videos have been made public further seems to support Planned Parenthood's claim that it is not violating any laws or ethical standards, he said.