House hearing on selling human body parts set for next Wednesday

The House Select Panel on Infant Lives has scheduled its first hearing.
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Fr. Mark Hodges By Fr. Mark Hodges

Fr. Mark Hodges By Fr. Mark Hodges

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The House Select Panel on Infant Lives has scheduled its first hearing into allegations that the abortion industry profits from the sale of aborted fetal organs and tissue. The hearing will take place next Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The House committee will hear testimony from expert witnesses on the issue of Bioethics and Fetal Tissue as it relates to the alleged practice of abortion facilities profiting off the sale of aborted baby organs, and illegally altering surgical procedures to procure “live,” “intact” babies to sell to research companies. 

The House Select Committee was formed in response to an undercover investigation produced by the Center for Medical Progress last summer that revealed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the potentially felonious business arrangement.

Chairman Marsha Blackburn explained in a press release, "It is the purpose of the Select Investigative Panel to follow the facts to find out, 'What is going on?,' but it is also our responsibility to ask, 'What does it mean?' At our first hearing we will ask for America's best and brightest to help us think through the ethical issues that surround procuring and selling baby body parts and related matters."

Chairman Blackburn elaborated, "We will hear from professors who teach ethics, from medical practitioners, from those who do biomedical research, from those within America's faith traditions, so that we as legislators might become informed about the ethical implications and issues for the women who terminate a pregnancy, for the researcher, for the person who needs a cure, and for the baby."

Blackburn concluded, "I look forward to a productive, thought-provoking discussion for all the Select Panel Members."

The formal list of witnesses, along with witness testimony, will be posted here.  A live webcast will also be available at the same link next Wednesday.

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