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House Republicans Want More Money For the Fake Planned Parenthood Committee

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Republicans on the Select Planned Parenthood Committee are asking for more money to continue their "investigation" of things that have nothing to do with Planned Parenthood.

Dozens of investigations across the country have uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing at Planned Parenthood clinics and neither has this sham committee, but Planned Parenthood hasn't been their focus for quite a while as Democrats were quick to point out.

The Democrats, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), have argued the group has done little beyond holding two hearings and issuing dozens of subpoenas for information unrelated to Planned Parenthood.

"This has not been — nor will it ever be — a fact-based investigation. Instead the Panel is being run as a taxpayer-funded arm of anti-abortion groups, in pursuit of a partisan, anti-science, and anti-health care agenda,” Schakowsky wrote in a statement Friday.

The committee ceased its "investigation" of Planned Parenthood many months ago and since then has been focused on harassing research scientists who look for cures for diseases by studying fetal tissue.

Republicans on the committee published the names of some of those research scientists last month in what they claim was a "staff error," but I don't buy that. You can bet the relevant anti-choice groups have that information on file now.

If a new round of funding is approved, the total cost of this fake investigation will reach $1 million before the end of the current session of Congress. I certainly don't expect House Republican leadership will deny their funding request.

  • Ken Kohl

    It seems the SPP Committee is taking its cues from the Benghazi Committee. At least they’re consistent…

  • muselet

    I loathed William Proxmire and his look at me! Golden Fleece Awards back in the 1970s and 80s, reckless and (to my mind) slanderous attacks, often on legitimate scientific research, made solely for the purpose of advancing his political career.

    The House Rs on the Select Planned Parenthood Committee—especially Marsha Blackburn—are, if anything, worse than the despicable Proxmire.

    So bad was he that “proxmire” became, Wikipedia reminds us, a verb meaning “to unfairly obstruct scientific research for political gain.” Can we agree here and now to coin the verb “to blackburn,” meaning “to maliciously put others in physical peril for political gain”?

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Lie. Smear. Dissemble. Threaten. Intimidate. All at tax payer expense. This is pure McCarthyism.