Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) compared Republicans fighting to defund Planned Parenthood to abolitionists in a Tuesday interview with MSNBC.
Franks said his fellow House conservatives understand the value of human life like those who fought for the freedom of slaves.
“The last issue that tore us apart like this was slavery,” Franks said. “And it’s the same argument. Those that were for slavery said, ‘Well there’s not really a person here. There’s no person involved here.’ The Supreme Court said the same thing, just like they did in Roe vs. Wade. But there were those who understood that the foundational core principal that made this country what it was is that we believe that all of us are created, and that makes us equal.”
MSNBC anchor Kate Snow wrapped up the interview at that point, thanking the congressman for sharing his “very strong views.”
Franks vowed to vote against a short-term government funding bill that would maintain current levels of funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill, which is set to be put up for a vote on Wednesday, is expected to pass.
Watch the clip below, courtesy of MSNBC.