- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday ordered Arizona’s health department to review state laws and prepare emergency rules to prohibit the illegal sale of fetal tissue in response to a secretly recorded video that has revived the abortion debate in the U.S.

Ducey’s announcement Monday follows investigations announced by other states and congressional committees after the undercover video made by anti-abortion activists was released last week. The video shows a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.

Abortion opponents found the discussion about body parts from aborted fetuses appalling. Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms that is done only with the full consent of parents.

“I am calling on the Department of Health Services to conduct a thorough review of the law and immediately promulgate emergency rules designed to prohibit the illegal sale of any tissue from an unborn child,” Ducey said. “This is consistent with federal law and will deter action that we all agree is abhorrent.”

Planned Parenthood-Arizona spokeswoman Annet Ruiter said the organization does not facilitate the collection of fetal tissues for research at its abortion clinics. “We do not participate in medical research. We do not,” Ruiter said.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich also weighed in on the issue, saying “this type of allegation is something we take very seriously.”

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