CORRECTION: The original version of this story misrepresented the name of a pro-abortion rights group. Chavi Koneru is a policy analyst and operations coordinator for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Pro-Choice North Carolina. The story has been updated to reflect these changes.
Fetal tissues and organ donations or exchange will be limited in the coming months after the N.C. General Assembly approved a bill that restricts the sale or donation of aborted fetus parts.
The bill, which was presented to the governor's office Wednesday, prohibits the sale or donation of fetal tissue and organs unless they were received because of a miscarriage. A different part of the bill bans the state from entering contracts with family planning groups that provide abortions — this provision only affects Planned Parenthood.
“With this bill, it is going to prevent research opportunities that are available with the donations of fetal tissues/organs," said Chavi Koneru, policy analyst and operations coordinator for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Pro-Choice North Carolina, a pro-abortion rights group. http://www.prochoicenc.org/about-us/staff.shtml http://mith.umd.edu/womensstudies/GenderIssues/ReproductiveRights/naral.html
She said Planned Parenthood has contributed tremendously to research and cutting funding would restrict further opportunities for research, such as on premature babies.