Today, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, voted for H.Res. 461, Establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), this resolution establishes panel to investigate issues surrounding fetal tissue procurement, federal funding that goes to abortion providing organizations, and medical procedures in the case of children born alive during an attempted abortion. The legislation passed by a vote of 242 to 184.
"We have an obligation to protect the unborn and should take every opportunity to do so," Palmer said. "This includes the congressional oversight that is necessary to make sure that tax dollars are not used by Planned Parenthood or any other organization to profit from the sale of fetal body parts, or that fails to follow laws aimed at protecting born alive infants. This resolution will create a panel to focus on that specific goal."
This investigative panel was prompted by the videos made by the Center for Medical Progress, which contain strong evidence that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates broke the law by engaging in illegal sale of fetal body parts, and by failing to give lifesaving treatment to children born alive during an attempted abortion. Subsequent hearings have also raised questions about Planned Parenthood's proliferate spending on travel, parties and executive salaries, and use of funds for political purposes in light of the federal funds they receive.
Congressman Palmer previously supported legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and protect infants born alive after an abortion. He also supported efforts to ensure states could legally withhold Medicaid funding from entities that provide abortions, and called for an independent counsel to investigate Planned Parenthood. Finally, Congressman Palmer questioned Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Planned Parenthood's federal funding, particularly in light of their political activity and exorbitant spending.