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Rules for fetal tissue research have long been in place, says Alta Charo

In the Washington Post, NPR, and elsewhere, Professor Alta Charo discussed federal regulations regarding fetal-tissue donations for medical research. News agencies sought out Charo's expertise after a controversial undercover video surfaced in July.

  • “The reason why the procedure should not be altered solely to obtain tissue is that the procedure is being done for the benefit of the woman, and she deserves to get the medical standard of care,” Charo told “She should not be put at added risk simply to obtain tissue.”
    Planned Parenthood mum on whether docs skirting law by altering abortion methods,” Fox News, July 18, 2015.

  • “Research has been going on since the early ’80s that used fetal tissue and implanted it into brains of patients,” said Alta Charo, professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “It’s one of the several areas of research that prompted more comprehensive federal regulations.” 
    "Regulations cover fetal research,” Boston Herald, July 16, 2015. 


Submitted by Law School News on September 8, 2015

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