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October 08, 2015

House OKs Special Panel to Investigate Planned Parenthood

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to convene a "select investigative panel" to examine Planned Parenthood's handling of fetal tissue, USA Today reports.

Republican leaders pushed for the new panel after repeated attempts last month to strip federal funding for the women's-health nonprofit were blocked by Senate Democrats. The 14-member body will operate under the aegis of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Planned Parenthood officials said the special panel is the fifth congressional committee investigating the organization.

Conservatives have stepped up pressure on the group since anti-abortion activists began releasing secretly shot videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal organs. The organization says it only donates such tissue for medical research, as allowed by federal law, and contends the videos are deceptively edited.