Democrats pressure Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood committee

Democrats pressure Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood committee

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers are urging Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP chairman to discuss Charlottesville as domestic terrorism at hearing Trump’s isolation grows GOP lawmaker: Trump 'failing' in Charlottesville response MORE (R-Wis.) to disband an investigation into Planned Parenthood after a grand jury recently cleared the group of any wrongdoing.

Two dozen Democratic senators signed a letter to Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump’s isolation grows Ellison: Trump has 'level of sympathy' for neo-Nazis, white supremacists Trump touts endorsement of second-place finisher in Alabama primary MORE (R-Ky.) accusing the party of a politically motivated “witch hunt” against the organization. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Road to renewable energy is filled with potholes of ‘magic thinking’ Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Charlottesville comments ‘embarrassing’ MORE (I-Vt.), who is running for president, also signed the letter.

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Over the last year, Planned Parenthood has been accused of wrongdoing in its fetal tissue donation program after the release of a series of undercover videos.

A grand jury in Houston, Texas — appointed by the state’s Republican governor — announced earlier this month that it did not find evidence of wrongdoing in the videos.

Instead, the grand jury decided to indict the creators of those videos, who are part of the Center for Medical Progress.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), the top Democrat on the House committee investigating Planned Parenthood, called the grand jury’s decision “really amazing,” highlighting the highly unusual move of exonerating the accused and indicting the accuser.

“It’s as if nothing happened,” she said. “So far, we see no willingness to end it.”

The letter was sent to GOP leaders on the same day that the House plans another vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The House will vote Tuesday afternoon to override President Obama's veto of a bill repealing ObamaCare and defunding the reproductive health provider. 

Schakowsky said the committee has not involved Democrats in any planning and has not identified any goals over the next year: “It’s unclear how they plan to proceed.”