The Obama administration indicated Monday it would resist attempts by Congress to turn off the spigot of federal funding for one of its key financial supporters, Planned Parenthood.
The organization has received widespread criticism for its recently exposed policy of selling fetal body parts for use in scientific research. The policy has led to renewed calls that the organization be stripped of federal funding.
"No," Josh Earnest said when asked if the White House would reconsider federal funding for Planned Parenthood. He immediately turned away from the reporter to call on someone else.
According to a Washington Free Beacon analysis, Earnest devoted one word and approximately one second to the Planned Parenthood controversy during the press briefing. Earlier, he opined for several minutes on the comments of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Planned Parenthood performs the most abortions of any organization in the country. The organization, whose budget exceeds $1 billion annually, receives millions of dollars each year from the federal government for its non-abortion-related activities.