Senator Bob Onder (R-St. Charles) has pre-filed a bill requiring annual inspections of abortion clinics and preventing women seeking an abortion from donating any aborted fetal tissue for research. The bill, a similar version of which was filed last session, is expected to be heard and debated this coming legislative session.
Concern about the disposal of aborted fetal remains was raised during the summer of 2015, when undercover videos revealed the grizzly reality that Planned Parenthood was engaged in harvesting fetal remains from abortions for tissue procurement companies, in most cases, for a fee. Those aborted fetal remains were then used for research.
Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing, but has since stated it will no longer charge any fees for donated fetal tissue. A Congressional investigation continues into whether Planned Parenthood and tissue procurement companies are acquiring and disposing of fetal tissue in accord with federal law.
Sen. Onder’s bill would make it a Class C felony to donate fetal tissue from an abortion in Missouri, except to determine the cause of death of the fetus, to diagnose any illness or fetal anomaly, or for law enforcement purposes. It also requires a pathologist to examine the fetal remains and certify that they were disposed of in accord with Missouri law.
The MCC expects Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the ACLU, and others to oppose Sen. Onder’s bill. Stay tuned!