Kansas ban on profiting from fetal tissue sales in spotlight

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – An anti-abortion leader wants Kansas to review its ban on selling fetal tissue following Gov. Sam Brownback’s call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Executive Director Mary Kay Culp of Kansans for Life said Wednesday workers at abortion clinics may not have enough legal protections if they seek to become whistleblowers. She says the state should also mandate that women seeking to end their pregnancies be given more information if they’re asked to donate fetal tissue or organs.

President and CEO Laura McQuade of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said it’s not necessary to revisit the 2000 ban. She said Planned Parenthood doesn’t have a tissue-donation program.

Brownback has called for the state medical board to investigate whether fetal tissue is being sold.

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