Fetal Tissue Donation Ban under Consideration in Missouri

By Bernhard, Blythe | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), March 6, 2016 | Go to article overview

Fetal Tissue Donation Ban under Consideration in Missouri


Bernhard, Blythe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


New restrictions on fetal tissue donation and research are making their way through the Missouri Legislature.

Research on fetal tissue derived from abortions is already banned by state law, although federal law permits the practice, and research is ongoing in other states.

At least five proposed bills in the Legislature would ban the donation of fetal tissue by women who have abortions, further regulate the disposal of fetal tissue and create criminal penalties for violations.

Last summer, anti-abortion activists released undercover videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue for research with people posing as third-party tissue suppliers.

Abortion providers under federal law can be reimbursed for the costs of storing and shipping fetal tissue for medical research.

At least a dozen investigations nationwide, including those by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and the state health department, uncovered no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. A Texas grand jury indicted two of the undercover videographers on charges of tampering with government records and the purchase or sale of human organs. …

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