Bills to stop sale of aborted baby parts headed to governor

Sen. Proos co-sponsored both measures

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to bills co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos that would make it illegal in Michigan to financially benefit in any way by selling or distributing a fetus or any fetal tissue obtained from an elective abortion.

“Profiting from the sale of aborted baby parts is a sickening and inexcusable practice,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “All human life is worthy of love and is not something to be bought and sold. We must work to protect life — especially the most vulnerable: the unborn. It should break all our hearts that some people want to make money from their destruction.”

Senate Bill 564 would prevent a person from financially benefiting from the distribution or transfer of an embryo, fetus or neonate (newborn child) that was obtained as a result of an elective abortion. SB 565 would prescribe a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Proos said the introduction of the bills followed revelations last year that Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide were attempting to sell body parts of aborted babies.

“It is truly unfortunate that this legislation is even necessary,” Proos said. “I look forward to these bills becoming law, so that the practice of selling aborted baby parts for profit never happens in Michigan.”

Both the Senate and House of Representatives have approved SBs 564 and 565. They now head to the governor to be signed into law.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.