Blackburn Leads Letter to DOJ Requesting Investigation into Planned Parenthood
Seven term lawmaker joined by 134 House Republicans
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was joined by 134 of her colleagues today in sending a formal request to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) immediately investigate the practices of Planned Parenthood regarding the sale of fetal body parts following the release of two graphic videos. Blackburn serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which launched an investigation into the “abhorrent” videos earlier this month.
“The harvesting of human fetal body parts for sale is an activity, which shocks the conscience. Moreover, the tragic ethical considerations, potential for criminal violations, and involvement of taxpayer subsidies raise issues of great public importance,” Blackburn and her colleagues wrote in the letter to DOJ.
42 U.S.C. §289g-2 notes that “it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” Violators may be “imprisoned for not more than 10 years.”
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