House votes expanded funding for Blackburn’s fetal tissue investigation

The U.S. House voted 234-181 Thursday to provide another $800,000 in  funding for a special House panel investigating the medical and business practices of abortion providers, chaired by Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Black burn, reports Michael Collins. The  vote came over howls of protest from Democrats who argued the panel should be shut down for good.

The panel has spent the past year looking into how abortion providers handle fetal tissue. The additional funding doubles the panel’s previously approved budget and puts it on track to spend more than $1.5 million by the end of the year.

Republicans said the additional funding is needed for the 14-member panel to complete its work. But Democrats said the panel continues to waste taxpayer dollars by chasing down baseless allegations against abortion providers and medical researchers while putting the lives of women and doctors at risk.

“Instead of funding it, let’s be done with this once and for all,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, the panel’s top Democrat, who charged the investigation was “built on a pack of lies perpetuated by anti-abortion extremists.”

… “Evidence we have uncovered reveals that the unethical and potentially unlawful practices of some bad actors may be putting important research at risk,” Blackburn said. “Considering all that our panel has identified, despite having barely a year to conduct this investigation, it is now up to us to build on this work, to hold our government accountable, and to stop these affronts to human dignity.”

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