With Women and Doctors in Danger, House GOP Called upon to End Their ‘Witch Hunt’

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‘We disgrace ourselves by allowing this misconduct to continue,’ 178 House Democrats say in letter to Speaker Paul Ryan

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

24abortionweb-master675_0 The Democrats’ letter says the panel’s chair, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tx.) “has used her unilateral subpoena power to intimidate scientific researchers, doctors, clinics, health care providers, universities, and other entities.” (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Backed by key women’s health and civil liberties groups, 178 House Democrats on Tuesday sent a letter to Republican Speaker Paul Ryan demanding he disband an anti-choice investigative panel that has been issuing subpoenas to abortion providers and medical researchers around the country.

The so-called “Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives” was created to look into fetal tissue research in the wake of last summer’s video smear campaign by anti-abortion activists that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials admitting to selling fetal body parts. In January, a grand jury empaneled to…

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