LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos, which would 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.
“Abortion profiteering is disgusting and morally reprehensible,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I have always held the belief that all human life is worthy of love and protection. It is not something to be bought and sold. I co-sponsored these measures to send a clear message that Michigan respects human life.”
Senate Bill 564 would prevent a person from financially benefiting from or receiving any compensation for the distribution or transfer of an embryo, fetus or neonate (newborn child) that was obtained as a result of an elective abortion. SB 565 would prescribe a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
“It is truly unfortunate that this legislation is even necessary to ensure that the body parts of aborted babies are not sold for profit,” Proos said. “Despite our political affiliations, I think we can all agree that profiting off the sale of aborted baby parts is wrong. These bills will ensure it never happens in Michigan.”
Proos said the introduction of the bills followed revelations last year that Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide were attempting to sell body parts of aborted babies.
SBs 564 and 565 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.