U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will lead a new congressional investigation into “big abortion providers,” an inquiry driven by the recent edited tapes created by an anti-Planned Parenthood group.
And just so you know this isn’t (wink wink) another partisan group – All eight Republican appointees to the panel have 100 percent ratings from the National Right to Life Committee.
In addition to Blackburn, other panel members include: Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind) Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis), Rep. Andy Harris, (R-Md), Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R-Mo) and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah).
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Friday that Blackburn will lead a “select investigative panel” tasked with looking at the “grisly practices” of abortion providers.
“Chairman Blackburn and our members will have the resources and the subpoena power to get to the bottom of these horrific practices, and build on our work to protect the sanctity of all human life,” Boehner said in a statement.
There’s just one problem with that.
The Huffington Post reports:
The release, earlier this year, of sting videos made by an anti-abortion group that show Planned Parenthood staff members discussing fetal tissue donations for research has led to Republican claims that Planned Parenthood profited from the donations. Federal law allows the organization to accept reimbursements to cover the processing and transfer of the tissues. Planned Parenthood has insisted that it has done nothing illegal, and numerous state and federal investigations have found no evidence of wrongdoing.
“No issue is more deserving of our undivided attention than protecting the dignity of human life,” Blackburn said in a statement, according to The Tennessean.
“This will be a broad-based, information gathering, fact finding mission to answer questions about how we treat and protect life in this country.”
Blackburn argued that the bill would help women by getting rid of rapists — a thing which makes no sense.
That’s sweet, but this year Blackburn co-sponsored a bill that was abandoned by her party’s leadership after Republicans were concerned that the language in the bill requiring a woman to report her rape to the police to qualify for an exception from its restrictions would alienate young voters.
Blackburn, among other things, was named one of the 24 most corrupt members of Congress by CREW in 2008 for her repeated failure to file accurate campaign-finance reports.
She was one of the co-sponsors of the “Birther Bill” aimed at questioning Obama’s eligibility to be President.
She opposed gun control because “hammers and hatchets” kill people, too.
She opposed EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gasses on the basis of taxing “cow farts.”
Blackburn didn’t believe that President Obama often shoots skeet with guests at Camp David.
“If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why has he not referenced it at any point in time as we have had this gun debate that is ongoing?” she asked at the time.
As for Rep. Larry Bucshon, he has said that “abortion, of course, for any reason, is wrong.”
While opposing the contraceptive mandate with the ACA which requires employers to cover various forms of birth control with no copay, Rep. Harris compared the mandate with the church burnings his mother saw growing up in Ukraine.
We’re sure this won’t be another witch hunt like the Benghazi hearings just as we’re sure there is no war on women while this Republican panel tries to take away the right of women to make their own choices.
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