McConnell Voted in 1993 to Legalize Fetal Tissue Donations After Abortion
In 1988, the Reagan administration began a moratorium on fetal tissue from elective abortions being used in scientific research. But Congress lifted that ban in 1993 when it passed the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act, which allowed research on human fetal tissue regardless of whether the tissue came from a voluntary abortion. McConnell voted for that bill, as did Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.), all of whom have condemned Planned Parenthood in the past two weeks for its involvement in the practice.
“What we saw was very, very disturbing,” McConnell said of the video on Monday. “I’ve not been a fan of funding them in the past and that remains my position.”