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NC bill would ban fetal tissue sale

Posted September 23, 2015

— New legislative language that would ban the sale or donation of fetal tissue from abortions emerged in the Senate Rules Committee late Wednesday afternoon, piggybacking on a national controversy over Planned Parenthood's practices.

House Bill 297 had been a fairly technical bill dealing with child support until the committee stripped its original language and inserted the fetal tissue measure.

"We think what we've seen in these videos, whether its happening in North Carolina or not, is that basically abortion clinics are using the flexibility in the federal rules to haggle over the prices of body parts of unborn children," said Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, who is the language's lead sponsor. "I think the moral consideration in North Carolina is ... we just don't want that to happen here."

Officials with Planned Parenthood in North Carolina say they do not transfer – either by sale or donation – fetal tissue from any of their North Carolina clinics. That's a practice, they say, restricted to three centers in two different states.

"This bill is nothing more than another political attack on safe and legal abortion in North Carolina, being pushed by the same politicians and extreme political groups, that oppose a woman's right to make deeply personal pregnancy decisions regardless of the circumstances," said Melissa Reed, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic.

The videos in question emerged this summer and showed Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, discussing how fetal tissue was transferred. In the original video, she makes clear the money involved just covers the prices of harvesting and shipping the tissue. But heavily edited versions of the video make it appear that she was pitching tissue donation as a money-making enterprise for her nonprofit.

House Bill 297, which was approved on a voice vote and is now headed to the Senate floor, would make it a Class I felony for any person to "transfer from one person to another in exchange for any consideration whatsoever" fetal tissue produced as the result of an abortion. Such body parts could only be buried or cremated.

Barefoot said he believes that his bill would stop entirely the donation of fetal tissue from abortions, even if it was given for free.

It's unclear what impact this bill would have on the purchase of stem cells or fetal tissue by North Carolina researchers, even if that tissue came from out of state. Barefoot said he was still checking on how his bill might interact with the state's organ donation statute.

A separate section of the bill codifies a provision of the recently passed state budget that prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from contracting with any health care provider for family planning or other services if that provider performs abortion. Planned Parenthood will lose tens of thousands of dollars in contracts as a result of the provision.

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  • Melanie Lane Sep 24, 2015
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    that's right republican voters, get outraged about somethingthat doesn't exist, you make it so much easier for republicans to destroy this nation because you are happy to look away from what they're really doing. Build schools, not bombs, repair infrastructure here not overseas, healthcare for all not just those who can afford it, tax the rich not just the middle class.

  • Jay Tanenbaum Sep 24, 2015
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    Once again the NCGA is busy chipping away at the rights of all people. It's really the last paragraph that is the scariest for women in this state about doing away with funding for PP. As we have seen in other states, this is a loser in the courts.

  • John McCray Sep 24, 2015
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    How about everyone just read the title"

    "AN ACT TO REQUIRE INFORMED CONSENT FOR THE DONATION OF THE
    REMAINS OF AN UNBORN CHILD; TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ANY ABORTED
    OR MISCARRIED MATERIAL OR REMAINS OF AN UNBORN CHILD RESULTING
    FROM AN ABORTION OR MISCARRIAGE; AND TO LIMIT THE USE OF STATE
    FUNDS FOR CONTRACTS PERTAINING TO TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION
    INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS."

    This is so much more than PP. Look at that last sentence! One quarter of teen pregnancies end in abortion, yet they want to simultaneously limit funding for teen pregnancy reduction initiatives while making it harder for these girls to receive abortions if necessary.

    I am not advocating abortion, yet teen pregnancy is an immense economic drain on society that needs to be confronted with vigor. Yet this General Assembly is doing its best to dismantle solid methods of sex education and unwanted pregnancy prevention.

  • Roy Hinkley Sep 24, 2015
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    Isn't throwing out the word "genocide" and referring to folks as "sheepeople" also trolling?

  • Rick Fetter Sep 24, 2015
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    troll

  • Rick Fetter Sep 24, 2015
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    Do you know? Or better yet do you know who started the practice and for what reason. Perhaps you should review the history of PP and who decide to provider cheap/free abortions and for who. Educate yourself and then you will understand why the word "genocide" should be used when talking about PP.

  • John Snow Sep 23, 2015
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    Of course he is a cowboys fan. Makes perfect sense!

  • Mike Watson Sep 23, 2015
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    I would go further ans say they should not benefit from modern science at all. No insulin, no medications, no surgery, no health care.

  • Mike Watson Sep 23, 2015
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    I have watched the uncut videos. Much of which was not even filmed at PP and shows still born fetuses that were not aborted. Just as most Christians want science is not understood. Abortions are going to happen but lets prevent research from using these tissues that are consented and the only money that changes hands is to cover the costs involved, NO PROFIT in other words. This is the way ALL organ donation is done.

  • Mike Watson Sep 23, 2015
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    Genocide? Do you even know what the word means?

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