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AAMC Expresses Grave Concerns about Potential Subpoenas from House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives

Washington, D.C., March 31, 2016AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement about a letter  the association delivered today to chair Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives:

“The AAMC is deeply troubled by reports that the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives will subpoena organizations to compel them to release the identities and other personal information of researchers, graduate students and trainees, health care providers, and staff who have had any involvement—significant or not—with research that utilizes human fetal tissue.

We, along with the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), believe that the panel has provided neither compelling reasons for the need to collect this information, nor any assurances that it would be adequately safeguarded. AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals remain very concerned for the safety of their scientists, physicians, staff, students, and patients, particularly in light of the heated debate surrounding the issue of fetal tissue research.

We implore Rep. Blackburn, Rep. Schakowsky, and the panel to work toward a bipartisan solution to promote the security of these individuals and their institutions. Without such protections in place, we urge the panel not to force organizations to release individually identifiable information.”

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.

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