Almost three weeks ago, the House of Representatives (in a vote of 242-189, almost completely along party lines) established a select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood over the doctored videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.
It seems browbeating Cecile Richards for hours wasn’t enough for the Republicans.
Just three days ago, outgoing Speaker John Boehner announced who would be leading the Republicans in their obvious witch hunt against the essential medical provider for women: Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
Blackburn, one of the House’s most conservative members, is a notorious anti-choice crusader who sponsored and led debate on a House bill banning abortion after 22-weeks gestation.
Blackburn also opposed federal health coverage that includes abortion, voted no on both embryonic stem-cell lines and research, and here’s the kicker:
She has been a stalwart advocate for defunding Planned Parenthood, co-sponsoring the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.
And this is who’s leading the “investigation” against Planned Parenthood. In an interview on Fox News two months ago, Blackburn was asked if the defunding of PP could be a “political win for Republicans,” the Congressman (as she prefers to be called) answered:
Of course it could. Hillary Clinton has said ‘well, [she] as seen images and pictures from the videos,’ that leads you to believe she has not seen the videos, so yes I think it is going to be a political issue.
If you don’t think Republicans are using this a political ploy (like they have in Benghazi), you’re a fool. Straight from the horses mouth that this effort is nothing more than a political stunt to win the GOP some points.
The other Republicans who will be leading the “investigation” with Blackburn are Reps. Joe Pitts (PA), Diane Black (TN), Larry Bucshon (IN), Sean Duffy (WI), Andy Harris (MD), Vicky Hartzler (MO) and Mia Love (UT).
During the 112th Congress, Pitts introduced the Protect Life Act, a bill that would have place additional restrictions on abortion access and coverage an he supports cutting off federal aid to Planned Parenthood.
Like Blackburn, Diane Black and Sean Duffy were co-sponsors of the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act and a co-sponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which would have designated life beginning at fertilization.
Larry Buschon supports legislation that establishes the legal framework to overturn Roe v. Wade and was a co-sponsor of the Life at Conception Act, which carried the same legal weight as the Sanctity of Human Life Act.
Andy Harris, one of the only physicians in Congress, signed a pledge and co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and voted to ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Several months ago, Harris spoke at a ‘Protest PP’ rally where he accused, without proof, Planned Parenthood having a national “harvesting” quota and called the organization an “atrocity.”
Hartzler and Love, like all the others, have voted to defund Planned Parenthood and both consider themselves pro-life members of Congress.
These are the clowns who are going to conduct a “fair” investigation into the vital women’s health organization — and they are all openly anti-Planned Parenthood. What’s the worst that could happen?
Featured image via Gage Skidmore