Target: Rep. Marsha Blackburn,
Goal: Stop the House Investigative Panel on Infant Lives from putting researchers’ lives at risk.
The House Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is set to deliver 17 subpoenas that will gather the names of researchers, graduate students, laboratory technicians, and administrative personnel who work with organizations that collect fetal tissues for purposes of finding cures to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and HIV. These subpoenas are being delivered as part of a partisan witch-hunt based primarily on a series of videos alleging the illegal sale of fetal tissues. These videos were created by David Daleiden, who later came clean that the videos were faked.
Fetal tissue research is legal, regulated by federal law, and is funded by the federal government. What is illegal, however, is the buying and selling of fetal tissues for monetary gain, which is what the House Investigative Panel is vainly trying to prove takes place when fetal tissues are exchanged between procurement companies and research laboratories.
The demand for names — which cannot be redacted from documents under the terms of these 17 subpoenas — could put the men and women who appear in the documents in danger. After all, Dr. George Tiller was swiftly murdered in 2009 by Scott Philip Roeder, and more recently, Robert Lewis Dear, Jr. killed three and injured nine others when he opened fire in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic while acting as a “warrior for the babies.”
Dr. Robin Ohls, is concerned about what ramifications would manifest by releasing the names of the men and women who work with fetal tissues. She is also skeptical of the House Investigative Panel’s need for those names. “I don’t know what the purpose is of releasing those names, unless it’s to intimidate,” she said. “I can’t even imagine what purpose the names of the students that have worked with us would serve.”
Sign below to demand that the names of those accused are not released in order to avoid putting them in danger of retaliation from anti-abortion extremists.
Dear Rep. Blackburn,
While it’s important to point out that your investigation, on the whole, is a farce that has amounted to nothing more than bad political theater, the subpoenas that call for the names of people who work with fetal tissues is a dangerous demand.
Like almost every other ideologically-motivated demographic in the United States, anti-abortion activists are not without their lunatics. Many people have lost their lives because of unhinged anti-abortion activists who resort to violence as a means to drive home their point. By demanding to know who these employees are, you are effectively painting a target on their backs and letting every deranged anti-abortion activist know who their next target is.
You would be complicit in any act of violence that may fall upon them.
It is with this in mind that we urge you to abandon your plan to deliver the subpoenas and collect the names of these men and women who are doing nothing but trying to treat and hopefully cure some of mankind’s most horrific conditions. It’s difficult enough to continue their work while being “investigated” by the House Investigative Panel. It would be more difficult to do their work if they were in constant fear for their lives, or worse, dead.
[Your Name Here]
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