Washington, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–April 7, 2016. Yesterday, the House Select Investigative Panel Democratic Members announced the launch of a new website. The website is intended to be used as a tool for Members of Congress, the public, and the press to better understand the work of the Panel and to ensure a more transparent and balanced investigation.
The site offers quick and easy access to essential facts about what’s at stake with the Republicans’ latest attack on women’s health care— including potentially life-saving medical research and access to critical reproductive health services. It also corrects misinformation and false claims about why and how this investigation is being conducted by Republicans.
The site also details the Democratic affirmative investigative plan: highlighting the benefits of fetal tissue research, ensuring access to the full range of reproductive health care, exploring ways to improve infant health, and protecting patient and provider safety.
In addition, the site provides a platform for public engagement, inviting people from all over the country to share their stories about how these issues have touched their lives.
Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said, “My hope is that this website will help set the record straight on the Republicans’ ongoing crusade against women’s right to an abortion and other health care services. The facts and the truth matter. This website will help lift the veil and dispel the myths about how and why this investigation is being conducted.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said, “The continued attempts to limit reproductive health services have now led to the establishment of yet another witch hunt investigation, built on the unsubstantiated and possibly criminal lies of those looking for any excuse to legislate against women’s personal health choices. But they cannot pick and choose which Constitutional rights to respect, or which facts to follow and which to ignore. That is why it is so important that people are able to understand the facts, to know the truth, and I believe this website will go a long way in helping us win this fight.”
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) said, “Women in this country are fed up with baseless attacks on their access to vital reproductive health care. That’s why it is so important for us to put the facts front and center so that we can stop this Panel’s dangerous and partisan excuse for an investigation.”
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said, “Americans need to know exactly how this Committee is using their money to inflame an atmosphere of terror and to pursue witch hunts against innocent graduate students, researchers, and health care providers—including people working to cure Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and the Zika virus. Read this website for yourself if you want to understand exactly how the Republicans have been conducting their inquisition. This truly is the new McCarthyism, except instead of hunting for communists they are attacking the health and rights of American families.”
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) said, “Instead of conducting a fair and honest investigation focused on facts, Republicans have used this Panel to make more false allegations and insinuations that are rooted in extreme ideological opinions about women’s rights. This website will be an important tool in ensuring people can access the facts, because truth matters. And the truth is, not a single congressional committee or state Attorney General has found evidence of wrongdoing.”
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) said, “This Committee’s so-called ‘investigation’ has never been about anything other than targeting women’s health care providers and attacking women’s health. This site illuminates those attacks in a way that makes their true purpose clear ? and sheds light on the facts that the Republican majority has made every effort to ignore.”