By taking matters into their own hands, states may be able to make a significant dent in the abortion industry’s bottom line in a way the federal government is unwilling to do.
Wisconsin lawmakers decided Wednesday to move forward with a proposal banning fetal tissue research within the state. The ban is aimed at abortion providers, particularly Planned Parenthood, which has been harvesting organs from aborted babies and selling them to researchers.
Since July, the Center for Medical Progress has released almost a dozen videos detailing Planned Parenthood’s organ-trafficking scheme. The abortion giant has been taking organs from babies for cash, sometimes without gaining informed consent from their mothers for permission first, which has raised serious ethical questions.
While the ban only affects researchers in the state, it would be a step towards impacting Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. Banning the sale of fetal tissue within the state would strip away a significant portion of Planned Parenthood’s funding, a goal Congress has been unable to agree on. If more states followed Wisconsin’s lead and took steps to ban the sale of fetal organs to scientists, then enough abortion clinics would be dissuaded from picking through baby remains in search of liver or thymus to sell.
Wisconsin isn’t the only state to recently try and crack down on the sale of aborted baby organs. Lawmakers in Arizona, California, and New Jersey have all introduced legislation to crack down on the organ industry, but Wisconsin’s ban would make using aborted organs in experimentation a felony. Opponents are framing the ban as a war on science, and saying that it would inhibit life-saving discoveries, but, as Amy Otto has explained, there have actually been no scientific breakthroughs as a result of using fetal tissue.