Blackburn to lead GOP abortion provider investigation

Tennessee’s two women members of the U.S. House, Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn, have both been named to a committee of eight Republican congressmen that will investigate abortion providers and their practices. Blackburn will chair the panel.

Below are the news releases from both noting the appointments.

News release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Washington, DC – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today has been chosen by Speaker John Boehner to lead the new Select Investigative Panel at the Committee on Energy and Commerce to review medical procedures and abortion business practices.

“No issue is more deserving of our undivided attention than protecting the dignity of human life,” said Chairman Blackburn. “This will be a broad based – information gathering – fact finding mission – to answer questions about how we treat and protect life in this country. This is a discussion that this country must have. This is a discussion that we should not shy away from.”

Specifically, the Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will have jurisdiction to review the following:

• Medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in fetal tissue procurement;
• Any other matters with respect to fetal tissue procurement;
• Federal funding and support for abortion providers;
• The practices of providers of second and third trimester abortions, including partial birth abortion procedures that may lead to a child born alive as a result of an attempted abortion;
• Medical procedures for the care of a child born alive as a result of an attempted abortion;
• Any changes in law or regulation necessary as a result of any other findings made.

Below is the complete list of Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel:

• Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman (R-TN)
• Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
• Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
• Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
• Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
• Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
• Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-MO)
• Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)

News release from Rep. Diane Black
Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was appointed as one of eight Republican members to the House of Representatives’ select investigative panel on Planned Parenthood. Black released the following statement:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my health care expertise to the critical work of this panel,” said Congressman Diane Black. “It is no secret that I am passionately pro-life and have long opposed the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, but every American deserves to know that our laws are followed and that taxpayer dollars are spent with integrity. This panel will help ensure that is the case. We will be relentless in the pursuit of the facts, we will bring the truth out into the light of day, and we will hold responsible parties accountable. This panel has an obligation to taxpayers to conduct a thorough investigation that produces real answers. I am ready to get to work.”

The House of Representatives’ select investigative panel was authorized by the House passage of H. Res. 461, which passed with Congressman Black’s support on October 7, 2015. A longtime pro-life leader, Congressman Black was the author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 and led floor debate in support of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act earlier this year.