Michigan House Passes Bill to Ban Research Using Body Parts From Aborted Babies

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 10, 2022   |   11:31AM   |   Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan state House has passed a pro-life bill to ban research using the body parts from aborted babies. Lawmakers approved a bill banning the sale or donation of aborted babies’ body parts with a vote of 55-51, along partisan lines with Republicans voting against the grisly research and Democrats voting for it.

House Bills 5558 and 5559, sponsored by state Reps. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, and Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian, taken together would prohibit research with body parts or tissue obtained from babies killed in abortions and ban the option to donate remains of aborted babies to medical research, as well as make using cells or parts from aborted babies in medical research a five-year felony.

The measures now head to the Senate for consideration.

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In a floor speech, Albert called the practice “horrific and barbaric” and said the benefits that have come from such research should not outweigh the moral issues, arguing there are alternatives researchers could use.

“Medical research is vital – but research on aborted babies is unacceptable and unnecessary,” Albert said in a statement after the vote. “Research should focus on methods that do not involve the tissue and body parts of aborted fetuses.”

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The leading pro-life group Right to Life of Michigan explains that research with aborted baby parts is both unethical and unnecessary.

“Recently, it was discovered the National Institutes of Health had funded research on beagles, and people were outraged, yet aborted baby body parts are harvested, packed in ice, and sent to universities and research labs across the country on a daily basis for research. This type of research is unethical, unnecessary, and outdated. Newer forms of induced pluripotent adult stem cell research have been shown to be superior to fetal and embryonic stem cells. In addition, computer models and ethically derived cells from umbilical cord and placental cells are available,” it says.

The University of Michigan has been shown to be involved in such grisly research.

On Dec. 7, 2021, the House Judiciary committee took testimony on and voted the H.B. 5558 and 5559 out of committee. The House Health Policy Committee heard testimony on H.B. 5558 and 5559 on Dec. 1, 2021. Dr. Alan Moy of the John PaPaul II Medical Research Institute provided testimony via zoom in favor of the bills. Right to Life of Michigan submitted written testimony.

The bills comes after a new report shows NIH Director Anthony Fauci is funding most of the research with aborted baby parts around the country.