House Republicans are creating a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.
House Speaker John Boehner announced eight appointments to the the panel last Friday.
“Recent videos exposing the abortion-for-baby parts business have shocked the nation, and demanded action,” Boehner said in a statement.
This committee “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.”
One of those members of Congress will be Rep. Joe Pitts who has represented Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district since 1997.
“Planned Parenthood has been cooperating fully with all of these investigations, even though they were all sparked by false and discredited claims and even though their political motive has become increasingly clear,” Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero said. “Regardless of whether these investigations are focused on uncovering facts or pursuing a political agenda, we will continue to share the facts with all of these committees, which include that fetal tissue donation for medical research is an important but tiny part of Planned Parenthood’s work in just two states, that we’ve had guidance in place for more than a decade that goes well beyond the legal requirements, and that even doctored and discredited videos show no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood.”
According to Sam Stein of the Huffington Post, though, Democrats are weighing whether to boycott the committee.
“You hate to disengage when that’s your job. You hate to not be on the field. You don’t want to ever disarm unilaterally. But it is still a farce, so…” Becerra trailed off. “Benghazi makes it clear what you are looking at. For those who wish to be responsible with our government, who believe our government is supposed to be doing oversight under the Constitution and really try to fulfill our role, it is tough to say that we are just going to distance ourselves because we know it is a political show.”