March 3, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement about the Republican Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health’s first hearing on fetal tissue research.
“What we saw this week should outrage us beyond words. This really is the new McCarthyism. Republicans have created an open-ended Congressional committee that will subpoena the names of scientific researchers, graduate students, patients, and health care providers in order to create a database of unknown purpose that will put these people’s lives at risk. This climate of fear is already chilling their efforts to pursue research for a cure to Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, the Zika virus, and other diseases. It is causing needless suffering for the people afflicted by those conditions and their families. And it is intimidating and risking the lives of women’s health providers who have done nothing illegal under the laws of this country. This new form of tyranny has to stop before it wrecks more lives.”