Abortion War On Women

Rand Paul Calls for Wider Probe of Fetal Tissue Research

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A group of 34 senators have signed Rand Paul's letter addressed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) calling for an investigation of all fetal tissue research funded by the agency.

I wouldn't necessarily say the department shouldn't conduct an audit of research grants, but Rand Paul and his cohorts are calling for this investigation under false pretense.

Thirty-four Republican senators signed on to the 2016 GOP presidential candidate’s letter to HSS Inspector General Daniel Levinson on Tuesday, writing that the recent allegations that Planned Parenthood mishandled aborted fetal tissue raises "serious concerns about potential violations of federal law prohibiting the transfer of fetal tissue for valuable consideration."

"The videos not only raise questions about Planned Parenthood’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations, but also highlight potentially significant problems with HHS’s oversight of practices in this market in general," they added.

The fraudulent videos which were edited for nearly a year highlight potential problems, Rand says. His letter vaguely implies that HHS may be inadvertently funding a criminal enterprise involving the sale of fetus tissue; a fantasy not corroborated by a single investigation thus far.

I expected congressional Republicans would seek to widen this manufactured scandal and this may be an indication that they intend to drag HSS into the mud.

If the department chooses not to launch an investigation prompted by deceptively edited videos, Republicans will certainly begin asking questions about that, too. It's clearly a conspiracy.

  • Badgerite

    And Trump is leading this pack of idiots. Go figure.

  • muselet

    Nearly half of the Senate, including Paul, sent a letter to the department earlier this year in the wake of the Planned Parenthood videos, raising concerns about possible violations of federal law.

    The senators said Tuesday that they received an “unacceptable response,” raising concerns that the “department does not appear to have conducted any internal investigation of their own research practices or any audits or other oversight of their contractors, suppliers, and grantees with regard to their compliance with fetal tissue research laws and instead relied on assertions of compliance.”

    Never mind that every research institution has an Ethics Committee, never mind that every researcher is intensely aware that violating laws and regulations—even inadvertently—will result in losing all grant money (not just that from NIH and other government entities), never mind that suppliers are audited, no no, every lab in the country needs to be assigned an armed accountant with a law degree and the power of arrest to make sure tissue cultures aren’t being used wrong or those 35 Senators won’t believe there’s no shady business going on.

    (Presumably an “unacceptable response” means HHS told them there was no evidence of wrongdoing.)

    Also, imagine the deafening cries of outrage from those same 35 Rs if D Senators sent a letter to the IG of the Department of Defense demanding internal investigations of all activities, plus audits and direct oversight of contractors instead of relying “on assertions of compliance.”

    This nonsense is only going to get worse in the next year, too.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    The is desperation is plainly obvious now.

  • Draxiar

    Anything to try and find a boogeyman…or fetus as the case may be.

    • Aynwrong

      Boogeyfetus.
      The newest Halloween Ghost story.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Boogeyfetus

        Ah, yes. One of the Sylvers greatest hits.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Rand Paul and his cohorts are calling for this investigation under false pretense.

    Also, water is wet, the sun is hot, concrete is hard and Ted Cruz is an idiot.