Speier and Nadler Argue Unborn-Baby-Parts Probe Could Cause Lives to be Lost

Lauretta Brown | April 20, 2016 | 4:01pm EDT
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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) expressed concern at a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on "The Pricing of Fetal Tissue" that the congressional investigation of organizations that provide unborn baby parts for medical research could result in an abandonment of  “promising medical research” such that lives “will be lost” and that the investigation could “endanger the lives of people who work for these organizations.”

The congressional investigation on the harvesting of tissue from unborn babies was called for after the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) last summer showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of unborn baby parts.

“What about the health implications for our children if we stifle fetal tissue research?” Speier asked in her remarks. “After all fetal tissue research was key to the CDC’s recent confirmation of the link between Zika and microcephaly.

“If this committee succeeds in abusing medical professionals so severely that they abandon promising medical research, not a single life will be saved, but many, many will be lost,” she added.

“Perhaps we should propose a new name for this committee: the Select Investigative Panel on Stopping Research and Letting People Die,” Speier proposed.

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), a cardiac surgeon, interrupted Speier to ask that it be noted that he took “personal offense for it being said that I, as a physician, am here to allow people to die.”

Nadler also had harsh words for the investigation, accusing Republicans of “very deliberately” endangering “the lives of people who work” at tissue procurement organizations.

“This hearing is another example of the Republican majority going to extreme lengths to advance their dual agendas of smearing organizations against whom all federal and state investigations have found no evidence of any violations of law, knowing that the smears will endanger the lives of people who work for these organizations,” Nadler claimed in his remarks.

“That’s why I’ve said this committee is worse than McCarthy investigations because McCarthy endangered people’s lives. This committee - I’m sorry - endangered people’s jobs. This committee is knowingly endangering people’s lives,” Nadler added.

“In their subpoenas for names, it is being used very deliberately to endanger the lives of the people who work there at these organizations,” Nadler told reporters at a press briefing following the hearing. “This is a very serious threat to life, and they ought to knock it off.”

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