Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes.

D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton thanked Planned Parenthood Thursday for continuing to donate fetal tissue for critical research, adding that the research has been sanctioned by federal law since 1993.

Norton, 78, who took to her Facebook page to share her sentiments, also extended her gratitude to Planned Parenthood clinics for absorbing the small transaction costs.

“Planned Parenthood has left women with an outcome all should embrace,” wrote Norton, a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “It has discredited the Republican attack on fetal tissue and, more important, Planned Parenthood has ensured that life-saving donations of fetal tissue will continue at the two clinics that accept such donations.”

She added that according to the New England Journal of Medicine, “virtually every person in this country has benefited from research using fetal tissue.”

Norton also said in a statement earlier this month, that there’s been no basis regarding plans to establish a select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood, especially after OGR Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) conceded in late September that his committee found no evidence that Planned Parenthood violated any laws.

Norton said at the time that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who would establish such a select committee, would be following the same politically-driven pattern of past Republican investigations, including the Benghazi Select Committee, which Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) admitted, was used to drive down former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential poll numbers, at a cost of $4.5 million to taxpayers.

“When Republican committees fail to uncover wrongdoing, the Republican Congress has taken to stoking partisan divisions by forming new select committees instead of producing something concrete for the American people,” Norton said. “As a result, we see the disaffection of the public, especially in the Republican presidential contest, which at the moment is receiving its own message from Republicans, who are rejecting Republican politicians.”

In accusing Republicans of having not learned from the Benghazi Select Committee, Norton said they are instead trying the same tactic with a Planned Parenthood Select Committee, even though two-thirds of Americans believe federal funding should continue for the one of the nation’s leading providers of women’s health care.

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