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WASHINGTON — A House panel investigating fetal tissue research Wednesday voted to begin contempt proceedings against a California company — an effort that Republicans contend is a rescue mission for the unborn and that Democrats call a witch hunt.

Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, the chairman of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, has been pursuing StemExpress, which collects fetal tissue from abortion providers and sells it to medical researchers, for nearly a year.


Her mission is to determine whether StemExpress and similar businesses are buying or selling fetal tissue in violation of the 1993 law that regulated the practice. To find out, Blackburn has requested reams of material from the Placerville, Calif., company and its founder and chief executive, Catherine Dyer.

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  • If anything is “age old”, it is the notion which comments like one made by Jeriah Knox support: that a woman has little right to decide what happens with her body. It is the notion that the canon of irrefutable medical evidence (the truth) and the valid opinions doctors base upon years of experience, is not enough to merit essential, life-saving procedures such as abortions. There is no question that promiscuous unprotected sex leads to pregnancy. And a dangerous misconception common among Christians especially, that planned Parenthood promotes such a lifestyle. That is a lie people choose to believe. And promiscuity, women’s health, and homosexuality are most often separate matters, subject to the free will of the individual in a given circumstance. Planned Parenthood does not exist with the purpose of catering to carelessness and promiscuity.

    Jeriah Knox, your argument is offensive and invalid. Women’s care clinics like Planned Parenthood exist to: provide options and treatment for rape victims, some of whom are under the legal age of consent (whose attackers have even been promiscuous young men attending private Christian school); to serve the needs of women facing circumstances, or complications, that endanger her life, jeopardize the healthy development of her progeny, or limit her ability to carry to term and adequately provide for a child born into this world; to give cancer screening and prenatal care; to provide postpartum assistance and direction.

    Claims such as those in the comment made by Jeriah Knox, characterize medical treatment, humanity, decency, dignity and compassion, and free will, all as either some sort of antiquated blind Faith, or neopagan heresy, while demonizing people who by their work, actually practice what Christ taught.

    A child’s first breath, as you put it, should come of a willing and wanted conception, when a woman is prepared and her body is ready. And until that breath is taken, the child is a part of a woman’s body. Her well being should not be endangered by those proclaimed Christians who misrepresent the Gospel, murder caregivers (in the name of God), harass those who offer such care for women, and chose to do else aside from ridiculing others. I am not your Christian.

    A life without adequate care, compassion, and provision, is not a life at all. It is, literally, demonic possession. One in which a religious zealot is the powerful, evil spirit.

    I support life. One of free will, given by God to all people; especially women and doctors.

  • This is an age old struggle between two opposing belief systems. If you subscribe to planned parenthood’s belief system which is fine with taking a child’s life before first breath, you’ll also be fine with promiscuity, homosexuality, and transgendering. Science means little to either side as everyone loudly proclaims their faith. Abortion forces people to recognise their dependence on faith and their implicit trust in belief systems. I want Planned Parenthood’s belief system out of my schools and away from my children. If somebody wants to teach this PP belief system to their kids, they should be forced to to use a private school or homeschool.

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