- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Senate’s health committee is set to vote on a bill that would outlaw research using tissue obtained from aborted fetuses.

The Republican-controlled committee is slated to consider the bill Tuesday in the state Capitol. Passage looks all but certain and would clear the way for a vote in the full Senate.

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.

It’s unclear how much support the bill has in the Senate. The state’s largest business group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, opposes the measure.


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