WASHINGTON—Rep. Scott Franklin (FL-18), a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, today re-introduced the Prohibiting Abortion Industry’s Lucrative Loopholes Act. This pro-life bill will close existing loopholes to ensure that abortion organizations cannot profit off the sale of fetal remains.

Universities, labs, and other research institutions are allowed to use fetal tissue for scientific purposes. Currently, abortion organizations sell fetal tissue to these organizations, though they have been legally barred from making a profit on the sales since 1993. Abortion organizations have managed to exploit loopholes in the law through reimbursements, gifts, and shipping and processing fees under what is known as the “valuable consideration” clause. Current law does not place caps on these exceptions, leading to potentially limitless profits. Rep. Franklin’s bill will adjust the language of the existing law to close these loopholes.

“The for-profit sale of fetal remains is a legislative loophole that should have been fixed by Congress many years ago,” said Rep. Franklin. “I’m reintroducing the Prohibiting Abortion Industry’s Lucrative Loopholes Act so that we can finally put an end to for-profit fetal tissue sales once and for all. Defending life is a priority for the Republican majority. I’m committed to help permanently end any opportunity for profit from the grotesque sale of fetal remains.”

Rep. Franklin first introduced the Prohibiting Abortion Industry’s Lucrative Loopholes Act in May 2022. Original co-sponsors of this year’s legislation include: Reps. Beth Van Duyne (TX-24),  Jim Banks (IN-03), Jake Ellzey (TX-06), Bill Posey (FL-08), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-09), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Keith Self (TX-03), Alexander X. Mooney (WV-02), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Andrew S. Clyde (GA-09), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Randy K. Weber, Sr. (TX-14), and Brian Babin, D.D.S (TX-36).

A copy of the legislation can be accessed here.