UW medical school dean opposes fetal tissue ban

UW medical school dean opposes fetal tissue ban

The head of the University of Wisconsin medical school says passing a fetal tissue research ban would shut down ongoing potentially life-saving research.

UW medical school dean Robert Golden testified against a measure Thursday being considered by a Senate committee. It would ban research on stem cells obtained from abortions done after January 2017.

Golden says researchers will leave Wisconsin if the bill passes and biomedical research companies will no longer view the state as a promising place to locate. He says work on combatting asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and other illnesses will stop.

Proponents of the measure say research can continue without using the aborted stem cells.

The ban has been proposed for years but never gotten enough support to pass.