At the end of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, significant efforts were made to address the fact that the body parts of aborted babies were being sold and used for research in Wisconsin. While these legislative efforts were not successful, it was evident that this issue would need to be addressed again in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.
Therefore, at the end of last session, the Heal Without Harm Ethical Research Coalition formed, comprised of Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Right to Life. Since the summer of 2016, the Heal Without Harm Coalition has been working and exploring language for legislation that would end the sale and use of abortion-derived baby body parts, while also promoting ethical alternatives in research.
On Feb. 7th, 2017, the Heal Without Harm Coalition sent a Memo to all legislators informing them that we were working on a package of legislation that would truly end the trafficking of baby body parts and make Wisconsin a leader in ethical and innovative research. The evening of Feb. 7th, 2017, Senator Alberta Darling and Representatives Cindi Duchow and Amy Loudenbeck circulated a bill for co-sponsorship with a 24 hour deadline that intended to address the issue of the sale of fetal tissue. The Heal Without Harm Coalition had many concerns about several provisions in the bill and circulated a Memo to legislators asking them to refrain from co-sponsoring this legislation until we had more clarity regarding our concerns.
At this moment, the Heal Without Harm Coalition is actively working with legislative leaders on a package of legislation that will not only end the sale of fetal tissue, but its use in research, and promote ethical alternatives.
To learn more about how Wisconsin can achieve these goals, visit our Q&A page.