The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which was spurred into action by the release of horrific videos exposing Planned Parenthood in 2015, completed its year-long investigation this week and issued a 471-page report detailing its findings and recommendations regarding the abortion industry and the selling of tissue from aborted babies. Among its recommendations were defunding Planned Parenthood, passing a law protecting unborn baby lives after 20 weeks gestation, ensuring abortionists are competent to care for infants that survive abortions, establishing criminal penalties for violating the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and dedicating a Department of Justice criminal division office to the enforcement of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and other related federal laws.
In a statement accompanying the release of the report, Select Investigative Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said, “It is my hope that our recommendations will result in some necessary changes within both the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries. Our hope is that these changes will both protect women and their unborn children, as well as the integrity of scientific research.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), now the Chair of the House Values Action Team and a member of this select panel, highlighted “the callous practices of abortion providers” and “the nefarious dealings of the tissue procurement industry.” She added, “I truly wish this investigation hadn’t been necessary, but I am comforted and gratified knowing our work uncovered some truths I am hopeful will better inform Americans everywhere, lead to the preservation of life, and promote the safety and well-being of women.”
In related news, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) confirmed to reporters this week that, like last year, the House intends to use the upcoming bill in which it will target Obamacare to also pull many government funds away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
PHOTO ABOVE: The Selective Investigative Panel of Infant Lives during its first hearing. Photography courtesy of Instagram/@marshablackburn.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: January 6, 2017