- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Senate’s health committee has approved a bill that would outlaw research using tissue obtained from aborted fetuses.

The Republican-controlled committee passed the bill 3-2 along party lines Tuesday. The votes clear the way for a vote in the full Senate. It’s unclear how much support the bill has in that chamber, however.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and private scientists oppose the measure. They argue it could end ground-breaking medical research that relies on fetal tissue cells. Republicans have amended the bill to outlaw research on fetal tissue cell lines obtained from abortions after Jan. 1 of this year, but the researchers say they need new lines.

The state’s largest business group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, also opposes the measure.

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