Heidi Heitkamp Says She'll Vote Against Defunding Group That Was Apparently Selling Intact Dead Babies

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The news on the Planned Parenthood controversy keeps getting worse. The group successfully got an injunction prohibiting the release of additional undercover videos arguing that it violated the privacy of their staff and put them in danger (something nobody seemed to care about when it was, say, Mitt Romney being secretly recorded). But one of the investigators who helped produce that video says the reason Planned Parenthood is trying to block further releases is because the additional video shows them selling intact dead babies.

[mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]”Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) will vote against the legislation, aides said,” Politico reports.[/mks_pullquote]

“In a meeting with their top leadership, they admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants,” David Daleiden told CNN. “And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it.”

Meanwhile, even as other “moderate” Democrats weigh how they’ll vote on legislation to pull federal funds from Planned Parenthood, “moderate” North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp – who votes with President Obama’s stated position on issues 97 percent of the time –  has already said she’ll vote against it.

“Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) will vote against the legislation, aides said,” Politico reports. I can confirm that Senator John Hoeven has said he’ll vote for the legislation.

The Politico article goes on to say that Heitkamp isn’t up for reelection until 2018, which is true, but she has been considering running for governor here in North Dakota in 2016. Even though the pro-life movement lost on a constitutional amendment they put on the ballot in 2014, it’s hard not to see Heitkamp’s vote to continue funding a group as extreme as Planned Parenthood being a liability in this red state.

Which is no doubt why her office probably isn’t going out of its way to advertise their position on this vote.