UNM rejects request for ‘proper burial’ of fetal tissue

September 10, 2018 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico official declined an anti-abortion group’s request for a “proper burial” for fetal tissue samples stored at the school for research.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Tara and Bud Shaver, of Abortion Free New Mexico, asked Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, to transfer 72 “aborted baby remains” to an Albuquerque mortuary “so that they may receive a proper burial.”


Roth told the Shaver group that he couldn’t agree to turn over the “tissue,” which was anonymously donated by women who sought abortion care at an “outside facility.”

After a faculty researcher ran afoul of internal protocol governing the use of fetal tissue, Roth permanently halted her fetal tissue research, leaving donated tissue samples in limbo.

Roth says he still hasn’t decided what to do with the tissue.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com