Oklahoma legislator wants to ban sale of aborted baby parts

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritze he said he wants to run legislation that will ban the sale of body parts and tissues that come from aborted fetuses.

A video of a Planned Parenthood executive has gotten national attention. In the video, the exec discusses why the group sells fetal tissues from aborted babies, as well as how much they are typically sold for.

“Every provider has had patients who want to donate their tissue, and they absolutely want to accommodate them. They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as ‘This clinic is selling tissue. This clinic is making money off of this,” Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said.

The Republican representative from Broken Arrow, Okla. was appalled by the video. He is the chair of the House Public Health Committee and a board-certified family practice physician and surgeon who has delivered more than 2,000 babies.

“It’s not enough for Planned Parenthood to be the leading abortion provider in the U.S.; now we are hearing that they are selling aborted baby parts,” said Ritze. “One of the first defenses posed by supporters of Planned Parenthood was that the practice of selling the organs of these aborted babies was legal. Well, my legislation, once drafted, would make it a felony in Oklahoma to sell aborted baby parts.”

Selling fetal body parts is against federal law.


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