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Pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn promises to shed light on baby parts industry

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, March 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A day after a hearing looking at the ethics of the fetal harvesting industry, the chairwoman of a House panel investigating the industry told LifeSiteNews that "investigations bring about change."

The investigation was "sparked by videos, and going back to the Gosnell issues," Select Panel on Infant Lives Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, told LifeSiteNews minutes before addressing attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "What Congress voted, in a resolution, was to establish a select investigative panel, which would function primarily as a subcommittee of the [House] Energy & Commerce Committee. And we're charged with looking at the medical practices of the abortion services industry, and then the business practices of the procurement organizations, and the link between those two. Also, to look at the born-live child act, to look at federal funding and where it is going, so that is kind of our charge. And we are expected, and required by law, to render a report at the end of this session of Congress."

Will the report matter, 18 months after the Planned Parenthood fetal harvesting scandal broke, and possibly with a Democratic president and/or Senate? Blackburn says yes.

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"You could always say the what-ifs if everything does not work in your favor. But then there's the opportunity of getting this report complete, and then being able to do something before this session of Congress ends."

"What people want to know [is], 'What is going on in this procurement industry? How do we have these companies that are making enormous profits, and they are selling these fetal tissues and these fetal body parts? What is their relationship back to these abortion providers?' Investigations bring about change, and if we're bringing about change that is saving lives, that is a very good thing."

Blackburn's speech addressed several areas, including "the responsibility of people and the responsibility of legislators to kind of get this country back on track, and, of course, the responsibility of putting a conservative in the White House."

Last week's hearing, held by the Select Panel on Infant Lives, can be seen in full here.

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