Democratic leaders on the Legislative Council opted Thursday to kill a bill that would have prohibited the sale of fetal remains.
Rep. Katrina Smith (R-Palermo) submitted the bill, which now will not be considered next year by the State Legislature.
“By not allowing my bill into the second session the Democrats have once again proven that their only goal is to keep Planned Parenthood happy and profitable,” Smith told the Maine Wire.
This is the second time this year that Maine Democrats have blocked legislation that would prohibit the sale or trafficking of baby parts left over from abortions.
As Gov. Janet Mills’ full-term abortion bill was securing passage in the Democrat-controlled legislature, Senate Democrats unanimously voted against a proposed amendment that would have placed a four-year moratorium on trafficking in aborted fetal remains.
Abortion advocates have long dismissed the connection between late-term abortion clinics and fetal tissue research.
However, fetal remains have been a sought-after source of tissue for medical research, including STEM cell research.