Speaker John Boehner announced today that the United States House of Representatives will begin a process of looking into Planned Parenthood’s sale of organs that it obtains from aborted babies.
According to the Daily Caller, this process will begin with reviews of Planned Parenthood’s activities by the relevant committees of the United States House of Representatives. The phrase “public hearings” was used, but no definite plan of action was attached to it.
My hope — which I wouldn’t call a high hope — is that this will be a legitimate investigation that will result in shifting the massive amount of funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to state departments of health. I would also like to see the huge grants for sex education to be taken out of the hands of the nation’s largest abortion provider. The conflict of interest in this is obvious.
However, I caution pro life people to hold their elected members of Congress to a high level of accountability in these proceedings. The most like scenario is that we will be treated to all sorts of electioneering via this “investigation” in preparation for the elections next year, but that nothing substantive will come of it.
We can not allow ourselves to be patted down and mollified by speechifying and electioneering. I believe quite firmly that if any substantive change comes out of this, it will be because we demand it and don’t allow ourselves to be manipulated for political gain.
From The Daily Caller:
Speaker of the House John Boehner on Wednesday called for congressional hearings into the practices of Planned Parenthood — and one House committee confirmed it will investigate the organization.
The video showed a top Planned Parenthood doctor admitting clinics routinely sell body parts after abortions.
“When an organization monetizes an unborn child — and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video — we must all act,” Boehner said.
“As a start, I have asked our relevant committees to look into this matter,” the Ohio Republican added. “I am also calling on President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.”