Missouri House Advances Fetal Tissue Bill

The Missouri House this week advanced HB 194, sponsored by Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton), that would require all tissue from elective abortions in Missouri be submitted for pathological examination and proper disposal. The bill has been moving through the legislative process for several years following the undercover videos revealing the grizzly practice of fetal remains being bartered like commodities.

Several amendments were added to the bill during debate, including a requirement that abortion clinics be inspected annually, and another provision that requires estranged parents of a pregnant minor be informed of the minor’s decision to have an abortion.  A similar bill, SB 67, has been debated on the Senate floor in recent weeks.  With only three weeks remaining in the legislative process, it is unclear if these bills will be passed before the session ends.