Ban on fetal tissue sales, donations nearing final passage
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are close to enacting a prohibition on collecting, selling, transporting or donating fetal tissue from an abortion.
The Senate-approved bill was backed by the House health committee without objection Tuesday. It heads to the full House for debate.
The measure by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, stems from outcry over undercover videos, released by an anti-abortion group, that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts in other states.
The organization denied the allegation, saying the videos were misleading.
Under Gatti's bill, violators would face a prison sentence of at least 10 years and up to 50 years. The ban wouldn't apply to donations of fetal tissue for stem cell research or umbilical cord blood.