Press Release

Blackburn to Lead New Select Investigative Panel

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Washington, October 23, 2015 | Mike Reynard (202-225-1112) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today has been chosen by Speaker John Boehner to lead the new Select Investigative Panel at the Committee on Energy and Commerce to review medical procedures and abortion business practices.
“No issue is more deserving of our undivided attention than protecting the dignity of human life,” said Chairman Blackburn. “This will be a broad based – information gathering – fact finding mission - to answer questions about how we treat and protect life in this country. This is a discussion that this country must have. This is a discussion that we should not shy away from.”
Specifically, the Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will have jurisdiction to review the following:
• Medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in fetal tissue procurement;
• Any other matters with respect to fetal tissue procurement;
• Federal funding and support for abortion providers;
• The practices of providers of second and third trimester abortions, including partial birth abortion procedures that may lead to a child born alive as a result of an attempted abortion;
• Medical procedures for the care of a child born alive as a result of an attempted abortion;
• Any changes in law or regulation necessary as a result of any other findings made.
Below is the complete list of Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel:
• Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman (R-TN)
• Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
• Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
• Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
• Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
• Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
• Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-MO)
• Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)
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