April 20, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) today spoke out against the topic and evidence of the so-called “Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives” hearing on “The Pricing of Fetal Tissue.” Congresswoman Speier is a member of the Select Investigative Panel and a recognized champion for the rights of women—including the right to make their own health care decisions.

“This hearing is based on a house of cards,” said Speier. “The exhibits being used are in all likelihood the product of a theft carried out by someone who is now under indictment in Texas, and whose home has been the subject of a court-ordered search in California. Is this hearing really going to proceed based on stolen and misleading documents?

“In reality, this committee’s sole purpose is to hold fake trials of citizens and companies that have broken no laws and have not been invited to testify. While we are focusing on what goes on inside a woman’s uterus, we are completely ignoring what happens to babies and children outside of them. How else can you explain why this panel is holding this hearing while children go hungry, childcare is not affordable, and parents don’t have paid parental leave to care for their new babies.

“Fetal tissue research was key in the CDC’s recent confirmation of the link between Zika and microcephaly. In fact, fetal tissue research is at the cutting edge of finding cures for cancer, treatments for HIV/AIDS, and new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. If this committee succeeds in abusing medical professionals so severely that they abandon promising research, not a single life will be saved. But many may be lost. Perhaps we should propose a new name for this committee: ‘The Select Investigative Panel on Stopping Research and Letting People Die.’”