WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a special House panel investigating Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers has issued the first three subpoenas to groups she says are withholding information.READ MORE: US Ramps Up Plan To Expel Thousands Of Haitian Migrants Gathered In Texas
Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Tuesday she’d subpoenaed documents from StemExpress, a company that supplies fetal tissue from abortion clinics to researchers. She said subpoenas also went to the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, which provides abortions in New Mexico and Texas.READ MORE: Cecile Richards: Supreme Court's Inaction On Texas Abortion Law Could Mean End Of Roe
Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky is top Democrat on the investigative panel, and she called the subpoenas unjustifiable and abusive. Schakowsky said Republicans want to build a database of patients, doctors and researchers that would risk their privacy and safety.
The subpoenas seek information on people involved in procuring tissue, where it came from and where it went.MORE NEWS: 'Kids Aren't That Careful At School': Teen Twins Get Vaccinated At Fair Park
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