Lt. Gov. Calley signs bills to stop sale of aborted baby parts

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Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Sen. Colbeck co-sponsored both measures

LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday signed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Patrick Colbeck, to make it illegal in Michigan to financially benefit in any way by selling or distributing a fetus or any fetal tissue obtained from an elective abortion.

“Profiting from the sale of aborted baby parts is disgusting and morally reprehensible,” said Sen. Colbeck, R-Canton. “Life is a most precious gift and not a mere commodity to be bought and sold. I was proud to co-sponsor and support these measures to send a clear message that Michigan respects human life and will not tolerate those who wish to profit from its destruction.”

Senate Bill 564 will prevent a person from financially benefiting from the distribution or transfer of an embryo, fetus or neonate (newborn child) that was obtained as a result of an elective abortion. SB 565 will prescribe a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The bills are now Public Acts 386 and 387 of 2016.

Sen. Colbeck said the introduction of the bills followed revelations last year that Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide were attempting to sell body parts of aborted babies.

“All human life is worthy of love, and it is unfortunate that we even need these new laws to ensure that the body parts of aborted babies are not sold for profit,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Thankfully, we will now be able to crack down hard on anyone who attempts to bring this immoral practice to Michigan.”

Article V Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution gives authority to the lieutenant governor to sign legislation when the governor is out of the state.

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