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Abortion Counseling Conflict of Interest

4831 - Rep. Mike Callton

 

Current Status
H.B. 4831 was introduced on August 19, 2015 and referred to the House Health Policy Committee.

Description

H.B. 4831 amends the Informed Consent Law.  Prohibits anyone who benefits financially from tissue procurement of aborted babies from counseling women who are seeking an abortion.

Background

The donation of fetal tissue and organs for scientific research has been ongoing for many years.  Women who choose to donate their baby's tissue and/or organs following an elective abortion are required to sign a consent form. As shown on the videos that were produced by the Center for Medical Progress, it is sometimes the agents from the tissue procurement company who counsel women who come into the clinic for abortions and get them to sign the consent forms.  Since the procurement companies benefit financially from getting the women to donate their baby's bodies, it is a conflict of interest for those employees to also provide counseling to the women.

History

The informed consent law for abortion was passed in 1993.  Since that time, there have been a few revisions and additions, however this is the first time this legislation has been introduced.

 

 


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