Michigan Senate votes to criminalize fetal tissue, organ sales
Lansing — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a pair of bills that would make it a crime to sell fetal tissues and organs from an elective abortion.
The distribution and transfer of any portion of an embryo or fetus for the purposes of selling organs, tissues and cells would become a felony punishable by up to five years in prison under Senate Bills 564 and 565.
Republicans in the Senate’s majority party pursued the bills in response to viral internet videos of abortion opponents purporting to show abortion clinics attempting to sell the remains of aborted fetuses. In one legal battle in Texas over the videos, abortion provider Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrong doing.
Sen. Phil Pavlov, who sponsored both bills, said the legislation would “send a clear message that baby parts are not for sale in Michigan.”