Congressman Urges Oversight Hearings on Body Parts Business

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - A Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania believes Congress should investigate what he calls the nation's growing "body part" industry.

In a House speech Tuesday, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) said, "This industry trafficks in body parts, parts of babies' bodies, organs and tissues of aborted babies."

"This business provides fees for services, schedule listing, the prices they charge for almost any body part you can think of," according to Pitts.

The Pennsylvania Republican reminded his colleagues, "We're not talking about the People's Republic of China, we're talking about the United States of America. Now we know why the partial birth abortion procedure was developed -- to give this industry whole body parts."

Pitts said the country is going in a shocking direction, exploiting "innocent and voiceless babies for the supposed benefit of the rest of us ... We should be outraged not only because it's a violation of federal law, but because this callous disregard of human life is very real, very grotesque, it's growing steadily and it's done in the name of research."

"Apparently, money talks and many are listening," he said.

Pitts urged House committees to conduct oversight hearings immediately -- to more closely examine the "body parts" industry.