LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov introduced legislation on Thursday 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.
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.
“Recent videos have shown officials haggling over the price of body parts of aborted babies. We must make sure this tragic, horrific practice does not happen in Michigan,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “It is heartbreaking that this is happening at all in the United States, but these measures can help ensure it doesn’t happen here.”
Pavlov’s bills come on the heels of revelations of Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide selling body parts of aborted babies. In July, Pavlov called on the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to launch formal investigations into Planned Parenthood affiliates across Michigan to determine whether or not any Michigan-based facilities have participated in the sale of babies’ body parts.
“Our conscience and our law are in agreement on this one — human life is not for sale,” Pavlov said.
SBs 564 and 565 have been sent to the Senate Oversight Committee for consideration.