Haslam Says Fetal Tissue Disposal Being Tracked

Posted at 5:11 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 18:11:25-05

A letter to lawmakers from Governor Bill Haslam said the state Health Department has now been requiring physicians who perform abortions to document how the fetal tissue was disposed of.

The change came after lawmakers in August said they wanted the department to have more authority to track fetal tissue. The hearing was in response to hidden-camera videos that raised the question of whether Planned Parenthood officials in other states were profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has said it did nothing illegal.

The sale of fetal tissue was already illegal in Tennessee, but lawmakers were concerned that sales could be happening anyway.

Haslam's letter said the Health Department also has made it easier for the public to file a complaint against a surgery center.