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house Bill H. Res. 461

Creating a House Panel to Investigate Tissue Harvesting from Aborted Fetuses

Argument in favor

There has been more than enough evidence that points to abortion providers altering their methods to preserve fetal tissue for reuse that Congress should investigate these practices.

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10/21/2015
Any stealing of flesh from murdered babies should be illegal and investigated.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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10/07/2015
I voted yes because this issue needs to be addressed. Why it isn't being investigated by law enforcement, I have no idea.
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Mark's Opinion
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02/28/2016
This kind of disgusting inhuman behavior is abhorrent and should be illegal. Anyone who participates in this should be in jail for life.
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Argument opposed

This will lead to a partisan witch hunt. It will undermine the operations of abortion providers and groups that use aborted fetus tissue to conduct research.

Scott's Opinion
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10/08/2015
The video has already been proven a lie. What a freaking waste of taxpayer money. Move the F#%k on.
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Alis's Opinion
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10/08/2015
Another committee to waste money & learn nothing new. Do you 'gentlemen' have nothing better to do? Under law, there are circumstances under which fetal tissue can be donated to medical research. No one (other than a discredited group who is against abortion--which is also legal) has shown that PP in particular has broken any laws. I can tell you as a woman & a citizen who used PP as a young poor woman that you have shown yourselves to hold vindictive & paternalistic views about women--I pray for your daughters. Do you abuse them in private in the same way you abuse women you don't know in public? SHAME ON YOU!!!
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10/07/2015
GOP IS CRAZY . NO NO NO NO LEAVE PP ALONE!!! THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG!!!!!
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed October 7th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 242 Yea / 184 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Rules
    IntroducedOctober 6th, 2015

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What is House Bill H. Res. 461?

This resolution would establish a Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House of Representatives. The select panel would be composed of 13 members, no more than five of whom would be appointed by the House Minority Leader.

The select panel would complete a full investigation and deliver a report on the following:

  • Medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in obtaining tissue from fetuses;

  • Any other relevant matters related to the procurement of fetal tissue;

  • Federal funding and support for abortion providers;

  • The practices and providers of second and third trimester abortions, including partial birth abortion and procedures that may lead to an infant being born alive as a result of an attempted abortion;

  • Medical procedures for the care of a child born alive following an attempted abortion;

  • Any recommendations for changes in law.

The select panel’s chair would be empowered to authorize and issue subpoenas related to the investigation, and question witnesses at hearings for longer than five minutes after consulting with the ranking minority member of the panel.

Impact

Abortion providers and groups that utilize fetal tissue which may be subpoenaed and testify before the select panel, and members of the select panel.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 461

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: The Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) believes:

“No issue is more deserving of our undivided attention than protecting the dignity of human life. Over the past several weeks we have been asking serious and, frankly, troubling questions about how infant lives are being treated. What our investigation has shown us so far is we have many more questions than we have answers. This select panel will devote the time necessary to get the facts in this investigation and help ensure that the most innocent lives among us are given the respect they deserve as human babies.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has already been investigating Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, while the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have been conducting their own investigations.

Of Note: While Planned Parenthood often finds itself in the news because of the abortion services they offer — abortions are just a fraction of what they do. From cancer screenings, to HIV tests, STI testing, to sex education, and family counseling, Planned Parenthood has a wide range of services.

In mid-July, 2015, undercover videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) were released, claiming to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of the organs and tissue of aborted fetuses. CMP claims that the: 

"criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

These allegations are part of the root cause for bills like this one. Planned Parenthood has countered the claims, stating that tissue donations for scientific research do happen, but that reimbursements are only for their expenses. From CNN: "The group also says it helps people donate tissue "with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest  ethical and legal standards," according to a statement from spokesman Eric Ferrero. Later, Ferrero issued another statement saying: 

"These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned."

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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: "Humanstemcell" by Ryddragyn at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)

Official Title

Establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

    Any stealing of flesh from murdered babies should be illegal and investigated.
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    The video has already been proven a lie. What a freaking waste of taxpayer money. Move the F#%k on.
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    Another committee to waste money & learn nothing new. Do you 'gentlemen' have nothing better to do? Under law, there are circumstances under which fetal tissue can be donated to medical research. No one (other than a discredited group who is against abortion--which is also legal) has shown that PP in particular has broken any laws. I can tell you as a woman & a citizen who used PP as a young poor woman that you have shown yourselves to hold vindictive & paternalistic views about women--I pray for your daughters. Do you abuse them in private in the same way you abuse women you don't know in public? SHAME ON YOU!!!
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    GOP IS CRAZY . NO NO NO NO LEAVE PP ALONE!!! THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG!!!!!
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    I voted yes because this issue needs to be addressed. Why it isn't being investigated by law enforcement, I have no idea.
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    Enough with this
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    Planned Parenthood has been exonerated of any wrong doing. This is nothing, but a witch hunt and a waste of tax payer dollars. If you want to be mad at anyone be mad at the bible which mentions abortion only once and says its a great idea, don't believe me look it up; the woman guilty of laying with another man shall be put to death and so shall the child of that other man if born or unborn. Truth hurts.
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    This kind of disgusting inhuman behavior is abhorrent and should be illegal. Anyone who participates in this should be in jail for life.
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    Do some real work!! Stop wasting time & my money with this nonsense!
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    The videos have been proven to be severely doctored and honestly this would be just a waste of money like the several Benghazi hearings that found no wrongdoing on anyone's part.
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    Absolutely! The proof has been proven! Babies are harvested with our tax dollars and then babies bodies are sold out, each piece, by each piece, to the highest dollar donation, by every slice, of the knife!!! In the name of GOD, stop this evil!!!
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    You mean aborted humans.
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    This issue needs to be put to rest. An investigation is needed. Once facts, without prejudice, are obtained, then we can proceed and resolve the issue.
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    More scare tactics and pointless legislation written to address problems that don't actually exist.
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    Waste of taxpayer money that will only serve to inflame Christian extremists.
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    Just make it illegal and forget the panel.
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    Explain how a civilized society can mutilate their own in the name of women's rights? Doesn't a conceived living being have rights? Who will stand up and protect the innocent ones?
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    What a great way to waste money. *insert sarcasm here*
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    Every human has a right to life. Especially the unborn ones. Anything we can do to reduce or eliminate this horrific practice is good. This isn't a 'religious' issue for me. I find it quite strange that the greatest proponents of abortion tend to be the humanists and socialists that will do anything to stop genocide abroad while supporting it amongst our own people! Hypocritical at best.
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    You don't even have to be pro life to know that this is wrong
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