The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights are calling on Republican lawmakers to ban abortion providers from performing fetal tissue research and other procedures in the United States.
The two groups announced their support for a bill that would prohibit federal funds from going to any abortion provider that performs fetal tissue donation or tissue research, and that would make it a felony to obtain fetal tissue from a fetus in the womb.
Under the bill, which is expected to be introduced this week, federal funding would be suspended for at least six months after the death of a fetus from an abortion.
The bill would also require abortion providers to report the number of abortions they perform, which the ACLU and the ACLU-North Carolina said would “limit access to the most vulnerable women, and ultimately put women in harm’s way.”
The bill would provide for a $5 million incentive to reimburse providers for any abortion performed.
“We need to end the abortion industry’s brutal practice of murder and trafficking of fetal tissue, and stop the barbaric killing of unborn babies,” said Lauren Sorenson, legislative counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina.
“These bills are an important first step toward ending the industry’s horrific practice of trafficking human fetal tissue and killing babies.”
The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Jim McGovern of Northampton, who said in a statement that the federal government should “make the barbaric abortion industry accountable for its actions.”
The state of North Carolinians should not be allowed to fund barbaric abortion, and should not fund barbaric killing, said McGovern.
We need to stop the slaughter of babies and end the barbaric death of unborn children.
Sorenson said the legislation would “fundamentally undermine” Roe v.
Wade and would not only “violate the constitutional rights of unborn women, but also their rights to due process and due process of law.”
“It is time to put an end to the barbaric and barbaric killing,” Sorenston said.
“Our government cannot fund a barbaric industry.”
McGovern’s bill, however, has been criticized by the American Civil Liberty Union, which has called the legislation “arbitrary, unconstitutional, and a blatant attempt to intimidate abortion providers and other abortion providers.”
“This is the kind of legislation that would lead to a public lynch mob,” said ACLU of NC Legislative Director Cara D. Young.
“The law is blatantly designed to force abortion providers out of business, forcing them to go underground and unsafe.”
The law would also prohibit state and local governments from funding abortions.
The legislation was supported by a number of prominent anti-abortion groups, including the Family Research Council, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the National Organization for Women.