Kentucky Senate votes to ban fetal tissue sales

AP News
Posted: Jan 27, 2016 6:39 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has voted to ban the sale of fetal body parts. It's the latest reaction to undercover Planned Parenthood videos in Texas that led to a grand jury indictment this week of two anti-abortion activists.

Supporters of the Kentucky bill criticized the grand jury's decision and said the legislation would protect the state from the "cold-hearted trading of body parts for money." Opponents said there is no evidence of fetal body parts being sold and it's already illegal under federal law.

The bill was inspired by undercover videos that alleged Planned Parenthood officials were selling fetal tissue for profit. A grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood officials and instead indicted the activists who made the videos.