Rep. Thomas Albert today introduced legislation to prohibit research on aborted fetal tissue in Michigan.
The legislation comes after the Biden Administration rolled back research restrictions earlier this year.
“At the state level, we have the ability – and the moral obligation – to chart our own course, do the right thing and put protections against this type of barbaric research in place permanently,” said Albert, of Lowell. “These babies are human beings and deserve to be treated with dignity. Medical research is important, but it can and should utilize methods that do not require harvesting tissue and body parts of abortion victims.”
House Bill 5558 would prohibit research on a dead embryo, fetus or neonate obtained from an abortion. The bill also would ban donations of aborted fetal remains for research purposes.
House Bill 5559 would create a five-year felony for medical research using a dead embryo, fetus or neonate.
Albert cited concerns raised at places like the University of Pittsburgh. Members of Congress have asked for an investigation into the university’s fetal tissue research practices, citing reports that researchers may have harvested organs from babies who were old enough to live outside the womb.
“These repulsive practices are unethical and unwarranted,” Albert said.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Thomas Albert talks about passage this week of the House version of the 2023 state departmental budgets that originated in the House. Chairman Albert says extra funds were put into paying down debt and savings, and that he cannot say what the Governor will approve or line item veto.
The House of Representatives today completed votes on its proposal for the state’s next budget year – leaving room for $1 billion in tax relief, paying off more long-term debt, and investing in schools and other services needed to move Michigan forward.
A state budget plan advancing in the Michigan House fights inflation with $1 billion in tax relief, pays off more long-term debt, and invests in important services from schools to law enforcement and local roads, Appropriations Committee Chair Thomas Albert said today.