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House Passes Foxx Resolution Creating Special Panel to Investigate Abortion Practices

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today passed a resolution introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., that creates a special House panel to investigate abortion practices at providers such as Planned Parenthood and the sale of unborn children’s tissue.

“The creation of this panel ensures the House exercises one of its most fundamental constitutional responsibilities, oversight of the use of federal funds and compliance with federal law,” said Foxx. “Undercover videos have revealed that an organization that receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually, Planned Parenthood, has also been taking the remains of unborn children and selling them to tissue collection firms. Its staff has reportedly even altered their medical procedures to more effectively dismember unborn children. How can we in Congress ignore these charges?”

  1. Res. 461 passed the House by a vote of 242-184.

The panel will examine medical procedures and business practices of entities involved in fetal tissue procurement; federal funding and support for abortion providers; practices of providers of second and third trimester abortions, including partial birth abortions; medical care provided to children born alive as a result of an attempted abortion; and necessary changes in law or regulation identified by the investigation.

“Even if these abortion providers somehow managed to comply with all federal laws while dismembering children, it’s clear that we need to learn more about their barbaric tactics so we can amend those laws and ensure practices like these never happen again, particularly by organizations receiving millions from U.S. taxpayers,” said Foxx during a speech on the House floor.


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.