South Carolina Bill Would Ban Sale of Aborted Baby Parts for Research

State   Reagan Kelley   Mar 13, 2019   |   6:22PM    Columbia, SC

State Senator Richard Cash (R-Anderson), a member of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation, Senate Bill 648, to put an end to the sale, purchase, donation, or acceptance of the fetal remains of aborted babies for experiment or research.

The bill states that no person shall conduct research upon or experiment upon the remains of a child or an unborn child resulting from an abortion, not including autopsies performed according to law. Further, no person shall perform or offer to perform an abortion for which all or part of the justification is the research, experimentation or transplantation for the unborn child or any part of the unborn child. One found guilty is convicted of a felony and must be imprisoned not more than five years.

The impact of S.648 echoes the findings in the Select Investigative Panel of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Report of 2016, which was formed to investigate the Planned Parenthood scandal involving the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies. The 400-page report noted a number of universities involved in purchasing fetal tissue from aborted babies, including the University of South Carolina.

Senator Richard Cash said, “the lives of all children, born and unborn, are sacred. The practice of using fetal remains from babies killed by abortion for experimentation or research is dehumanizing and unethical, and is not the type of activity we as a state want to allow. I have spoken with University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides and he has assured me that the university is not currently conducting research using fetal remains from aborted babies and that their inclusion in this report relates to an isolated occurrence that took place ten years ago. This issue touches on our state values and I would hope that the Senate would join in supporting this commonsense, virtuous proposal.”

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The legislation is referred to the Senate Medical Affairs Committee for consideration. A copy of the proposed bill and the Congressional Report is contained herein.

Elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2017, Senator Richard Cash represents District 3 in the State Senate, portions of Anderson County. He serves on the Corrections and Penology; Education; Family and Veterans’ Services; Judiciary; and Medical Affairs Committee.