House May Consider "Body Parts" Resolution

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - The House of Representatives may act this week on a resolution calling for an investigation and hearings into the possibly illegal trafficking of body parts from aborted fetuses.

The resolution was introduced by Representatives Joseph Pitts (R-PA), Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ).

Pitts predicts House leaders will move the resolution possibly as early as Tuesday.

Pitts and other sponsors of the measure have written to House Commerce Committee Chairman Thomas Bliley (R-VA), asking that Bliley hold hearings into the "trafficking in blood, tissues and organs from aborted babies" for profit.

A House Commerce Committee spokesman said it has not been decided whether the panel will actually hold hearings on the matter.

In their letter, the congressmen told Bliley they recognize that "current law permits the exploitation of aborted children for research." But, they said, "federal law also prohibits any person to knowingly acquire, receive or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce."

Pitts has said during recent House floor speeches and elsewhere, he is "horrified" by reports from spies in what he called this "gruesome" industry that some abortionists are "letting babies be born alive and are then drowning them so they can be cut up" to meet a researcher's specifications.

Some firms say that fetal tissue retrieval allows something good to come out of an abortion. To that, Pitts responded, "this is not Nazi Germany."