Gov. Doug Ducey ordered state health officials to immediately put into effect “emergency rules” to ban the illegal sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.
The Republican governor’s directive Monday came in response to footage released by an anti-abortion group that showed a Planned Parenthood executive discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.
The group behind the undercover video, the Center for Medical Progress, has claimed Planned Parenthood violated federal laws by selling fetal tissue of aborted fetuses to medical researchers. Planned Parenthood has said that’s false and criticized the group behind the video, saying the “outrageous claims are flat-out untrue.”
The president of Planned Parenthood of Arizona has said such procedures do not occur in Arizona.