Republicans in Wisconsin have introduced legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body parts collected from abortions and not allow federal funding to go toward Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. The lead sponsor of the bill, Rep. Andrea Jacque (R-De Pere), says that the legislation will also change the way the abortion industry handles remains from aborted babies. The Journal Sentinel reports that under the proposed law unborn babies that reach at least 10 weeks gestation will be buried or cremated.
On July 29th, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) committed to the bill and vowed that it would be passed during the legislative session. She said, “We’re going to come back in the fall, and we’re going to pass a bill that ensures that the sale of fetal body parts anywhere in Wisconsin is a crime with heavy punishment.”
The chairman of the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice, Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) indicated that he would hold a hearing on the bill in the next few weeks. He said, “Protecting unborn babies is so important that state researchers shouldn’t be allowed to use any tissue lines derived from an abortion, even those that are many years old. It is certainly a medical and ethical concern to know the origin of the tissue being used in research. That doesn’t change whether the bill passes or fails.”
Currently, Republicans control the Wisconsin Assembly and they believe the only unanswered question is what form the final proposal will take before heading to the state Senate. However, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says their affiliate doesn’t offer “tissue donation services” so the portion of the bill will not impact them. Their government relations director, Nicole Safer, said the law will take funding from their organization and is simply an attempt to prevent women from accessing affordable care.
She explained, “Instead of working to address the needs of women and families, politicians like Rep. Jacque are working to smear trusted health care providers and take essential health care away from women and families.”
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Additionally, the Wisconsin Medical College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have concerns about the bill because they believe it could negatively affect the economy. The executive officer of the Medical College, John Raymond Jr. said the ban would “criminalize the possession and research of federally allowed fetal tissue and fetal-derived cell lines that have been used worldwide for decades.” He added, “The legislation will result in the loss of jobs, talented scientists and clinicians, and Wisconsin biotechnology companies. Clearly, this legislation will adversely impact the Wisconsin economy.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was horrified by the first Planned Parenthood video and called for states to defund the abortion company. In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News he said, “Years ago, when I first became governor of the state of Wisconsin, my first budget, I defunded Planned Parenthood. I took some attacks from some in the media, and some in the left. But this video’s just a prime example, this is not a noncontroversial entity.”
He concluded, “This is obviously a disturbing, disgusting act that they’re talking about. We’ve outlawed that in Wisconsin in the past. We need to be defunding Planned Parenthood, not only state by state, but I think, across the country. And instead, put resources into women’s health issues, but put them into non-controversial entities, public health entities, or other things in that regard.”