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Anti-Choice Activists Exploit Fetal-Tissue Donation to Attack Reproductive Freedom


Research using fetal tissue is an important area of science that promises to help treat many conditions such as spinal cord injury, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, neurological disorders, and Down syndrome.

Some women who choose abortion also decide to donate the fetal tissue for research purposes – a practice that is highly ethical and well-regulated, and which has led to major medical breakthroughs.  Despite this, for more than 20 years, opponents of reproductive rights have raised a series of (unproven) alarmist claims about the practice of tissue donation – claiming that women, doctors, and researchers are systematically “trafficking” in “body parts,” and even more bizarrely, that allowing tissue to be donated encourages abortion. Then anti-choice lawmakers attempt to capitalize on the accusations as a means of advancing their longstanding goals of restricting research, stigmatizing and terrifying abortion providers out of practice, and ultimately, they hope, ending legal abortion.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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