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Spokane fetal tissue researcher: Trump ban not crafted carefully

The Trump administration ended fetal tissue research for government scientists on Wednesday. This move doesn’t have anything to do with reducing abortions, but only serves to punish those who research with those materials, Terry Hassold, Washington State University molecular biological sciences professor, said.

Trump halts fetal tissue research by government scientists

The Trump administration is ending medical research by government scientists that uses human fetal tissue, overriding the advice of scientists who say it has led to life-saving medical advances and handing abortion opponents a major victory.

Idaho Senate panel introduces fetal tissue research bill

A new proposal would make it easier for research centers and universities in Idaho to continue using fetal tissue for some research projects. Last year, the Idaho Legislature made it illegal to buy, sell or donate fetal tissue, even though no such practice existed in the state at the time. However, the ban has since caused confusion...

Last charges dropped in case over Planned Parenthood videos

HOUSTON – A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the last remaining charge against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed the tampering with government records charges against David Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 63, at the request of the Harris County prosecutor’s office, which determined that the grand jury had exceeded its authority by investigating the activists after clearing Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing.

Idaho lawmakers approve anti-abortion measure

BOISE – The Idaho House on Thursday approved an anti-abortion measure aimed at prohibiting clinics from donating fetal tissue – even though no such practice exists in the state.

Democrats object as House GOP holds hearing on fetal tissue

House Democrats suggested on Wednesday that a special House panel investigating Planned Parenthood could be complicit in future assaults or even murders of abortion providers at the Republican-led committee’s first hearing on the ethics of fetal tissue research.

Planned Parenthood letter to Congress says videos are ‘smear’

LOS ANGELES – Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists

Smart Bombs: Congress unlocked fetal cells

The popular conservative blog RedState.com says this about Planned Parenthood: “Our muddy moral moment might obscure this searing truth: we are not simply keeping up to speed with the Nazis. We are outpacing them. Planned Parenthood is operating by a for-profit motive that was largely alien to the Third Reich.” There is no evidence on the deceptively produced videos that the organization is profiting, but that doesn’t stop RedState from calling this “our Auschwitz.” But even if the profit charge is bogus, that still means the country is “keeping up to speed with the Nazis” by funding Planned Parenthood, according to RedState.