Pelosi picks six Dems for Planned Parenthood panel

Pelosi picks six Dems for Planned Parenthood panel
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has picked six strong abortion rights supporters for the GOP-led panel on Planned Parenthood, setting up a showdown over the already-controversial probe.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a leading member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, was picked as the top Democrat on the panel.

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She will join five other abortion rights supporters on the panel, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Diana DeGette (Colo.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Suzan DelBeneSuzan DelBeneOvernight Health Care: ObamaCare signup groups to get answers on funding this week | Dems demand Trump action on opioids | More Dems back ‘Medicare for All’ bill Week ahead: Senate panel looks to quickly strike deal on ObamaCare fix Overnight Health Care: Governors urge Congress to fund key ObamaCare payments | Warren backs Sanders’ single-payer bill | Advocates seek long-term funding for children’s health program MORE (Wash.) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.).

In a press release announcing the lineup, Pelosi vowed that the Democrats would “stand up against the latest Republican assault on women’s health.”

“As Republicans try to take affordable family planning and lifesaving preventive care away from millions of American women, Democrats will be in the room to fight for the truth,” Pelosi wrote in the statement.

The Republican members of the panel — led by Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnEquifax breach is the wake-up call we expected Tennessee governor considering Senate run Five major potential Senate candidates MORE (R-Tenn.) — were picked last month by then-House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) as one of his final acts before retiring.

Pelosi said each Democrat represents a committee with jurisdiction over women’s health: Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform.

Each of the committees has launched its own investigation into Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of undercover videos accusing the group of wrongdoing related to fetal tissue donation.

No criminal charges have been brought against Planned Parenthood since the anti-abortion group, The Center for Medical Progress, first released the videos in July.