Bill Targets Fetal Tissue Sales

Spurred by Congressional Report

Evan Smith
March 13, 2019 - 3:15 pm

State Senator Richard Cash says he was stunned when he recently learned that the University of South Carolina had previously obtained fetal tissue from the University of Washington’s Birth Defects Research Laboratory.

A staunch opponent of abortion, Cash is now shining a light on that 2016 congressional report, which outlines how the University of South Carolina was among 40 other universities and research instructions that obtained fetal tissue from that Washington lab – the nation’s largest fetal tissue bank.

The congressional report was spurred mostly because of undercover video, which you may recall surfaced back in 2015, which purportedly showed Planned Parenthood engaging in the illegal sale of fetal tissue.

Now Cash has just introduced a bill that would make it a felony in South Carolina to sell, purchase, donate or accept fetal remains from abortions.

Cash said his goal is to ensure that no fetal tissue is used for research in South Carolina in the future, and eight other Republican senators have agreed to co-sponsor the bill.

For their part, University of South Carolina officials say the school is not conducting research using human fetal tissue, and that a 2009 invoice for fetal tissue samples noted in the congressional report was made by personas no longer associated with the university.   

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