House Votes to Investigate Planned Parenthood

The House voted Wednesday to set up a special panel to probe whether Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are following the law when harvesting fetal tissue for research.

Buoyed by Republicans, the chamber voted 242-184 to set up a select committee that could shine a light on the controversial women’s health provider for months, after a conservative-led bid to strip its federal funding as part of a recent spending showdown ran into Democratic opposition.

While the GOP has targeted Planned Parenthood over its abortion practice before, its efforts reached new heights after the release of several undercover videos that appeared to show organization officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts. Such sales are only legal if they are not done for profit. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing.