BOULDER, Co. — An abortionist in Colorado who performs late-term abortions is currently being investigated by a Congressional panel that has been looking into whether abortion facilities are involved in the harvesting and sale of baby body parts.
Warren Hern of the Boulder Abortion Clinic, which has been in operation since 1975, recently received a letter from the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives requesting documentation relating to the “procurement and transfer of fetal tissue.”
It also requests a chart “listing the types of abortions that have taken place at the clinic, including gestation range for each type of abortion,” and “all communications and documents stating the policies and procedures at Boulder for infants born alive during an abortion.”
Read the letter in full here.
On Friday, the site Stat published an article by Hern in which he expressed fear over the investigation.
“The panel is looking for evidence that I am selling ‘baby body parts.’ It has the power of subpoena and can cite me for contempt of Congress if I don’t comply by the deadline,” he wrote. “It is frightening. It is a witch hunt. I am a physician helping patients, and I am being treated like a criminal.”
“The star chamber proceedings of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is a target identification program for the anti-abortion assassins. It is terrifying,” Hern said.
He defended his 40-plus years in the abortion industry as being “important work.”
“It is my definition of practicing medicine: a noble art that involves helping other people at the most personal level. There is nothing more personal, intimate, and private for a woman than deciding whether to have a baby or end a pregnancy,” Hern wrote.
As previously reported, Hern was sued this past April by a woman who had obtained an abortion in 2013 and ended up needing a total hysterecomy after Hern left a piece of the baby’s skull inside her womb. She is now unable to bear children for the rest of her life.
Jennifer DeBuhr and her husband, Jason, are seeking over $75,000 in damages over the matter.
“Plaintiff Jennifer DeBuhr has suffered damages including permanent injury, disability or impairment to Plaintiff’s body; loss of her ability to conceive children; and physical pain and mental suffering endured in the past and reasonably certain to be experienced in the future,” her lawsuit states.
The Select Panel on Infant Lives, formed in 2015 following the release of videos from the Center for Medical Progress, has already held the “fetal tissue” procurement company StemExpress, which once partnered with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, in contempt of a Congressional subpoena. StemExpress officials reportedly did not turn over accounting and banking records as requested.
The panel had called for an additional investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in July after reviewing email correspondence between Planned Parenthood and the company.
“StemExpress paid the abortion clinic (Planned Parenthood) a per tissue fee and then marked up the tissue four to six hundred percent for sale to the researcher,” Chairman Marsha Blackburn outlined.