Controversial bill banning use of aborted fetal tissue will go before Assembly committee Tuesday

MADISON — University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers oppose a bill that would ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in Wisconsin.

Federal law already bans the sale of fetal tissue, but donation is allowed. The bill scheduled for an Assembly committee hearing Tuesday, August 11th would ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in experiments.

The lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, says he's changed the proposal from an earlier version which also banned research using cells derived from fetal tissue.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health officials say about 100 labs on campus use cells derived from fetal tissue for research on cancer, heart disease and other conditions. The State Journal says about six to eight labs use fetal tissue in studies on diabetes and other conditions.