Wisconsin may ban research on aborted fetal tissue. A bill moving through the legislature would outlaw selling, donating, and experimenting with fetal body parts in Wisconsin. Republican lawmakers behind the measure say it wouldn’t affect current research using existing cell lines.
The Wisconsin Assembly’s criminal justice committee held a hearing Tuesday: supporters say they hope to have the votes lined up to pass the ban as early as next month.
Biotech companies and the Wisconsin Medical Society are lobbying against the bill. The bill’s sponsors say it’s their response to secretly-recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood official meeting with people posing as buyers of fetal tissue.