Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Committee on Energy & Commerce Clears Planned Parenthood

Committee Democrats released a report this morning summarizing Planned Parenthood's participation in fetal tissue donations and the role of the Center for Medical Progress in perpetuating manufactured outrage. It's unlikely the report will calm the political tempest over PPFA, particularly as a significant number of Republicans seem bent on stripping PPFA funding, even willing force a government shutdown to achieve their goal.
To date, the Committee has received no evidence to substantiate the allegations that Planned Parenthood has engaged in the sale of fetal tissue for profit. Furthermore, the Committee has received no evidence to support the allegations that fetal tissue was procured without consent, that Planned Parenthood physicians altered the timing, method, or procedure of an abortion solely for the purposes of obtaining fetal tissue, or that Planned Parenthood physicians performed intact dilation and evacuation in order to preserve fetal tissue for research....
 The Committee received evidence that the individuals making these unsubstantiated claims misrepresented themselves in order to gain access to Planned Parenthood personnel and facilities, and that the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) are incomplete, selectively edited, and intentionally misleading.

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