Congressman John Shimkus of the local 15th congressional district has voted for the creation of a special subcommittee to investigate Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of organs and tissue from aborted babies. The subcommittee will be under the jurisdiction of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, on which Shimkus is a senior member.
“The undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress show positively unethical and potentially criminal actions by Planned Parenthood,” said Shimkus. “While Energy and Commerce staff have already begun an investigation, those interviews have only raised more questions. By creating this subcommittee, with subpoena power to demand documents and compel testimony, the American people can get the answers they deserve.”
Last month Shimkus spoke in Effingham about the issue, and later voted to prohibit taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood until the ongoing congressional investigations are complete.