New Mexico Report on Use of Fetal Tissue Bill (HB 464)
This law was last updated on Mar 21, 2017
HB 464 would require the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico and the Health Sciences Center to report to the legislative finance committee on issues pertaining to the center’s use of aborted fetal body parts for medical research and transplantation.
The report, requested by the select investigative panel of the United States Congress and by New Mexico legislators, would be required to include:
- all information provided to the house select panel before and in response to the select panel’s subpoenas;
- information about the relationships between the health sciences center and other abortion providers;
- the expansion of the university’s practice of medical and surgical abortions at its hospitals and clinics within the last fifteen years;
- the alleged disregard for federal informed consent provisions by health sciences center staff and providers of aborted fetal body parts;
- information that pertains to allegations of violation of state and federal law; and
- any other information the committee believes is relevant to the issue of medical research at the University of New Mexico using aborted fetal body parts.
If the health sciences center and the board of regents fail to respond to the committee’s request, the committee would issue a subpoena to have the board of regents and the health sciences center provide the requested information
If the health sciences center and the board of regents fail to respond to the request by December 1, 2017, the committee would recommend to the legislature a reduction of $20,000,000 in the research budget of the health sciences center of the University of New Mexico or a withholding of that amount until the health sciences center and the board of regents provide the information the legislative finance committee has requested.