Republicans push fetal tissue ban amid medical opposition
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican state lawmakers pushing a bill that would ban research on aborted fetal tissue in Wisconsin say it will not affect ongoing research using existing cell lines.
The Assembly's criminal justice committee held a hearing on the measure Tuesday, with Republican backers saying they hope to have votes on the measure before the full Legislature as soon as next month.
The bill would outlaw selling, donating and experimenting with fetal body parts in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Medical Society, the Medical College of Wisconsin and a trade association representing biotech companies are all lobbying against the measure.
The bill's authors say it is a reaction to recently released videos showing a Planned Parenthood medical director in southern California meeting with people posing as potential buyers of fetal tissue.