State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard, in response to the recent undercover videos revealing the grisly harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts and tissue,has filed legislation to amend and clarify the
“Illinois Anatomical Gift Act” as it relates to tissue and body parts that can be legally donated or sold.
HB4266, filed Wednesday in Springfield, would amend the Anatomical Gift Act by expanding the definition of “decedent” to include a deceased fetus or unborn child using definitions outlines in the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. The proposed new language also expressly prohibits the donation or sale of aborted fetuses and fetal tissue.
Representative Breen stated: “Recent videos have shined a spotlight on the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts in our nation’s abortion clinics. From the lack of informed consent too modifying abortion procedures to harvest more ‘valuable’ organs, these practices are rife with abuse. This bill is a bipartisan attempt to put an end to the trafficking of the remains of these aborted babies.”
Twenty-nine legislators from both the Republican and Democratic parties have signed on as co-sponsors, upon the filing of HB4266. These legislators include Chief Co-Sponsors, Reps. Jerry Costello (D-Red Bud), Dwight Kay (R-Edwardsville), Dan Brady (R-Normal), and Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg).
The bill will be read for a first time and then considered by the House Rules Committee.
Representative Breen continuted: “The allegations involving Planned Parenthood are incredibly troubling, and as lawmakers, we need to do whatever we can to ensure the confidence of Illinoisans in our state’s Anatomical Gift Act. This issue extends beyond the abortion debate and addresses important issues of how, and under what circumstances, body parts and tissues can and should be used.”