ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Republican candidate for governor is calling on Gov. Nixon to have a special session.
Catherine Hanaway wants lawmakers to pass stiffer penalties for the purchase and sale of fetal tissues and organs. Reacting to the undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing possible sale of fetal tissue, Hanaway says the actions are abhorrent and an outright disgrace to humanity.
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“I commend the General Assembly for quickly beginning an investigation into whether the actions discussed in the videos are being carried out at clinics in Missouri,” says Hanaway. “I further call upon Governor Nixon to call a special session to allow the General Assembly to implement stiffer penalties for the purchase and selling of fetal tissues and organs.”
The current penalty according to Missouri Statues:
The offering or receiving of valuable consideration for fetal organs or tissue resulting from an abortion is prohibited. According to Section 188.075.1, violation of this provision is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year’s imprisonment and up to $1,000 in fines.
The Federal statute 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2:
The offering or receiving of valuable consideration for any human fetal tissue is prohibited but federal law provides up to 10 years’ imprisonment and up to $500,000 in fines for violations.
Hanaway wants Missouri’s punishment for these crimes to match Federal standards.
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