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U.S House panel to subpoena Albuquerque abortion provider, UNM

A U.S. House investigative panel looking into explosive allegations that fetal parts were harvested and sold illegally will subpoena the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options next week for failing to provide documents in the inquiry, according to the chair of the committee.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said tonight that the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives panel would issue three subpoenas early next week, including to Stem Express; the University of New Mexico; and Southwestern Women’s Options, which operates a clinic in Albuquerque that offers abortion services. The select panel is under the jurisdiction of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“By failing to fully cooperate with our investigation, these organizations have compelled our panel to subpoena these documents in order to acquire information that is vital to the completion of our work,” Blackburn said. “Without these subpoenas, the American people and the House itself would be left to speculate about what is going on in the fetal tissue industry. We cannot leave questions unanswered.”

According to Blackburn’s office, the panel has sent more than 30 letters requesting documents. Those letters all asked for information to be provided voluntarily.

Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM could not immediately be reached for comment. Earlier this month, a Texas grand jury issued indictments of undercover videographers behind the allegations of illegal fetal parts transactions.

We’ll have more on the New Mexico angle on this story as it develops.

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