Abortion War On Women

The Select Planned Parenthood Committee is Still a Thing

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Emerging from its winter hibernation, the House Select Committee on Planned Parenthood has issued a slew of subpoenas that signal the committee is expanding the scope of its investigation and exceeding its mandate.

The committee is not just targeting clinics that provide abortions or participate in fetal tissue research programs. The committee is also targeting research scientists.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the committee could be “complicit” in murders of those researchers if their names became public and they are then killed. Democrats pointed to the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado to illustrate the danger.

Nadler asked the committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), why the names of medical researchers are needed by the committee.

“No, sir, I am not going to answer that,” Blackburn replied.

Rep. Blackburn has asked her fellow committee members to join her in "focusing on bioethics" and, far as I'm aware, that was not within the original scope of the committee's mission. What we have here, if I may barrow a cliche, is genuine mission creep.

One could hardly call this unprecedented. After all, the Select Committee on Benghazi somehow became the Select Committee on Email Security. The Select Committee on Planned Parenthood may now become the committee on ethics in bio medical research.

While announcing the new subpoenas, Blackburn also referred to the long-discredited anti-Planned Parenthood videos which led to an indictment of their creator, the head of the so-called Center for Medical Progress.

This committee was originally cast as an investigation of Planned Parenthood but numerous investigations at the state level have already cleared the nonprofit organization of wrongdoing. Republicans in the House are clearly moving the goal posts to justify the committee's continued existence.

  • ninjaf

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the committee could be “complicit” in murders of those researchers if their names became public and they are then killed. Democrats pointed to the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado to illustrate the danger.

    For the “pro-life” folks, this would be a feature not a bug.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      You seem confused. I’ll see if I can clarify things for you.

      “Pro-life” only applies to fetuses and white-male-rural-Republican-voters. Everyone else should take some Personal Responsibility™ and conceal carry if they don’t want to get shot.

      I hope this helped.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Also, regarding getting shot by pro-lifers, I want to add that from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate shooting, the body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

      • ninjaf

        It’s science!

  • muselet

    No, sir, I am not going to answer that.

    That is some powerful reasoning on display. Marsha Blackburn must have been a formidable debater back in high school and college.

    I ask my colleagues to join me in focusing on bioethics.

    Blackburn just learned a new word. Too bad she has no idea what it means.

    Blackburn did refer to the undercover videos that set off the furor over Planned Parenthood last summer.

    “Last summer’s videos revealed that something very troubling is going on,” she said.

    Yes, that fetus fetishists like David Daleiden blatantly lie in service of their cause is indeed very troubling.

    This will not end well.

    –alopecia