Nearly 700 faculty members at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have signed a letter to the editor of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opposing a proposed state law that would bar the use of fetal tissue in research in the state. Wisconsin is one of a number of states where anti-abortion politicians have responded to the recent videos of Planned Parenthood officials by pushing new measures to limit the sale or use of fetal tissue. Many university researchers, however, use fetal tissue.
"We wonder whether legislators have considered the ethical implications of denying current and future patients the benefits of the research that would be blocked by this legislation," the letter says. "The cell lines derived from fetal tissue are commonly used for research in laboratories worldwide. Other tissues and cells, such as those derived from miscarriages, cannot be substituted for this research, despite the claims of the proponents of this ban."
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