Jindal piggybacks #CeciltheLion to push Planned Parenthood videos
BATON ROUGE - What do a lion shot by a trophy hunter in Africa and sting videos of a Planned Parenthood executive have in common?
For Governor Bobby Jindal, they were a way to try and get his views out on social media during the crowded GOP presidential race.
The governor's official Twitter account posted a link to videos shot by an activist group who claimed Planned Parenthood was trafficking in aborted fetus tissue. The tweet used the #CeciltheLion hashtag, which is trending globally in the wake of the lion's controversial death during a trophy hunt in Zimbabwe, even though the link contained nothing to do with the lion's death.
Three hours earlier Jindal called the Obama administration "shameful" on Twitter for investigating the lion's death, but not Planned Parenthood.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday they wished to speak to the Minnesota hunter who killed the protected lion. Lawmakers have also sent a letter asking the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate Planned Parenthood over the videos.
Planned Parenthood claims the videos are heavily edited to make the legal practice of fetal tissue donation for medical research seem sinister. The group claims they do not derive any profits from the practice, and follow the same ethical guidelines as other medical tissue donation cases.
Jindal, who has said he prides Louisiana on being the most anti-abortion state in the U. S., called for Louisiana's state health agency to investigate Planned Parenthood's practices. The group is building a new health center in New Orleans, but does not currently perform abortions in the state.