Minnesota Bill Prohibiting Aborted Fetal Tissue Research (HF 2814)
This law was last updated on Sep 6, 2018
HF 2814 would prohibit the use of aborted fetal tissue research in the state of Minnesota.
The bill would prohibit a person from knowingly acquiring, providing, receiving, or using aborted fetal tissue for research.
This would not apply to:
- an autopsy or other examination to determine the cause of a miscarriage or stillbirth of a fetus; or
- using fetal tissue to conduct diagnostic or remedial tests, procedures, or observations that have the sole purpose of diagnosing a disease or medical condition in the pregnant person that threatens their life, so long as all medical precautions are taken to preserve the life of both the “unborn child” and the pregnant person.
A person who violates this provision would be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
University of Minnesota
The bill would prohibit the use of aborted fetal tissue at the University of Minnesota.
The bill would require a researcher at the University of Minnesota to obtain approval from the Fetal Tissue Research Committee before conducting research using non-aborted fetal tissue. The FTR must consider whether alternatives to non-aborted fetal tissue would be sufficient for the research.