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 DelBeneModerate 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 Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game 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 BlackburnTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising On The Money: US paid record .1B in tariffs in September | Dems ramp up oversight of 'opportunity zones' | Judge hints at letting House lawsuit over Trump tax returns proceed MORE (R-Tenn.) — were picked last month by then-House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush 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.