Planned Parenthood stops accepting payment for fetal tissue used for research

October 14, 2015 2:23 AM

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After months of controversy, multiple investigations and a campaign by congressional Republicans to end its federal funding, Planned Parenthood said Tuesday that it would continue harvesting fetal tissue for medical research but would no longer accept payment to cover its related expenses.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, announced the group's decision in a letter to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH runs major research programs, some of which use fetal tissue procured from abortions.

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