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 Kay DelBeneCongressional authority in a time of Trump executive overreach Moderate Democratic lawmakers back privacy bill favored by businesses The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump, Congress draw battle lines on impeachment 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 BlackburnTikTok introduces new parental controls Abortion wars flare up in Congress Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars MORE (R-Tenn.) — were picked last month by then-House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible 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.