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September 16, 2015

House Panel Chair Subpoenas Uncut Planned Parenthood Videos

The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena Tuesday for unedited versions of anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress's undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports.

A federal judge in San Francisco had blocked the release of some of the uncut footage after the National Abortion Federation, a nonprofit professional body for abortion providers, sued the center for secretly filming at its annual meeting.

"The action of the court will not thwart or impede Congress' constitutional duty and right to conduct effective oversight," Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a written statement. Mr. Chaffetz's committee is one of four on Capitol Hill to launch inquires into Planned Parenthood since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing videos it purports show the women's health group profits from the sale of fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and says the videos were deceptively edited to distort the nature of its program to donate fetal tissue for medical research. A Planned Parenthood spokesman said the group welcomed Mr. Chaffetz's call to review the uncut footage.