A battle could be brewing at the state Capitol over controversial research. State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) is the author of a bill that would prohibit the sale of fetal tissue in Wisconsin.
The West Bend Republican says it’s “deplorably immoral to use aborted babies for research” and claims that there’s evidence to show it is happening. UW officials deny any fetal tissue used by researchers is purchased.
Grothman is hoping his fellow majority Republicans act on the bill. But, Republican leaders indicate they plan to steer clear of hot-button social issues in the fall session.
If the bill does come up, there will be strong opposition from the UW-Madison. Interim Chancellor David Ward says it would have far-reaching and negative effects on university research involving child development, cancer, and infectious disease.
AUDIO: John Colbert reports (:38)