According to a new report in the Albuquerque Journal, “A group of 25 New Mexico Republican lawmakers is calling on the University of New Mexico to halt research involving fetal body parts that have come from abortions.”
“UNM HSC categorically denies ever having bought or sold fetal tissue. Nor has it made any reimbursement for the tissue it has received from women who consented to donate it for research purposes,” the center said in a statement.
The organizations behind the effort have worked to limit abortion access through the state legislature and even tried to ban abortion through a ballot initiative in Albuquerque in 2013. This new effort targets our state’s flagship institution by trying to restrict education and health care policy that doesn’t reflect their political views.
The attempt appears to be a thinly-veiled effort to insert political agendas into UNM policy decisions through the Board of Regents. All members of the board are appointed by Gov. Martinez, a Republican.