Group petitions to stop Planned Parenthood probe

Abortion-rights advocates plan to deliver petitions with more than 130,000 signatures Thursday opposing a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood.

The group CREDO Action plans to deliver the petitions to Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee. Stearns, along with other GOP leaders on the committee, recently launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood.

Stearns requested a slew of data from Planned Parenthood, ranging from financial information to policies for reporting illegal activity.

“Anti-choice members of Congress are using this investigation to launch yet another attack on Planned Parenthood,” said Becky Bond, political director of CREDO Action.   “If they can't defund the organization, they want to tie up its staff and resources in a politically motivated investigation. This is an unfair and unjust political assault, and we can't let them win.”

House Democrats have also blasted Stearns' investigation. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on Energy and Commerce, called it an inappropriate use of the panel's oversight authority.