Bill aims to ban use of aborted fetal tissue for research

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Wisconsin Senate is considering two Republican bills that would restrict, or even ban, the use of aborted fetal tissue.

Sen. Terry Moulton introduced the bill that would ban the use of aborted fetal tissue for research or any other purpose

Sen. Moulton explained, “We're not opposed to fetal tissue research but I am opposed to fetal tissue research from induced abortions.”

Moulton says the goal is to prevent patients opposed to abortions from seeking medical care due to the research methods and that the bill is a compromise from previous failed attempts.

“We took away the criminal penalties the only penalties,” said Moulton. “The only penalties now are not on individuals, there's a fine on the facility. We also allow for the use of fetal tissue that has been obtained prior to January 1st of 2017.”

However the coalition Cures for Tomorrow is opposed to the bill saying it would harm important medical research.

Spokesman Rod Hise said, “We urge the state Legislature to reject this ban on fetal tissue research. It would be devastating to the remarkable opportunity we have to develop new, lifesaving vaccines, therapies, and cures that will benefit patients across Wisconsin."

The coalition says there are already strict laws and regulations in place and additional state regulations are not needed

“Our members adhere to the highest ethical standards for medical research and really pride themselves on doing any kind of research in the most ethical way,” added Hise.

In the second bill it allows mothers to donate tissue from a stillborn or a miscarriage and looks to target only the sale of fetal tissue and regulate certain research.

There was hearing in the Senate judiciary committee on the bill yesterday it still needs to be passed by the committee and would then have to pass in the Senate.

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