House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said federal funding for Planned Parenthood should cease until the conclusion of a congressional investigation into two videos in which organization officials seem to be talking about the sale of fetal body parts for profit.
"At the very least, there should be a moratorium until this investigation is done," the California Republican said during a briefing with reporters Monday in the Capitol.
The organization is heavily subsidized by the federal government, in part because it provides health services to women of all income levels. But the organization also performs hundreds of thousands of abortions annually and the videos have spurred demand among GOP lawmakers to end taxpayer funding of the group.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has called on several House panels, including the Judiciary Committee, to examine Planned Parenthood's actions and determine if the group broke the law by profiting from the sale of fetal remains.