House Panel Wants to Specify Fetal Tissues Can’t Be Sold

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A House panel says state law should specify it’s illegal to sell fetal tissue, and that donating tissue requires a woman’s written consent though there’s no evidence either is occurring in South Carolina.

A House Oversight subcommittee advanced recommendations Thursday following an investigation into Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in South Carolina.

Legislators say the proposed ban is a safeguard.

Planned Parenthood has repeatedly said none of its clinics in the South Atlantic region, which includes the Carolinas, participate in fetal tissue collection. The subcommittee found nothing to indicate otherwise.

The subcommittee found nothing criminal at the three abortion clinics in South Carolina.

The panel’s investigation was among several launched by Republicans following the release last summer of secretly taped videos showing Planned Parenthood officials elsewhere discussing the collection of fetal organs for research.

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