LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has co-sponsored legislation 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.
“It is truly sad that this legislation is even necessary to ensure that the body parts of aborted babies are not sold for profit,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Unfortunately, recent videos showing officials talking about prices shows us that not everyone places the same value on human life that we expect in Michigan. I co-sponsored these measures to send a clear message that Michigan respects human life.”
Senate Bill 564 would prevent a person from financially benefiting from or receiving any compensation for 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.
“I have always held the belief that all human life is worthy of love and protection,” Proos said. “I think that no matter what our political affiliations are, we can all agree that selling baby parts is disgusting and morally reprehensible.”
The bills follow revelations that Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide were attempting to sell body parts of aborted babies.
SBs 564 and 565 have been sent to the Senate Oversight Committee for consideration.
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.