ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on the New Mexico attorney general’s findings in a case stemming from the use of fetal tissue in medical research (all times local):
An anti-abortion group is taking issue with findings from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office that state laws were not violated by the transfer of aborted fetal tissue from an Albuquerque women’s clinic to researchers at the University of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Alliance for Life on Thursday said there are contradictions between the findings and a pending case in state district court that centers on whether women had enough information to consent to an abortion and the donation of tissue.
Albuquerque attorney Michael Seibel is representing women who are suing Southwestern Women’s Options, an Albuquerque abortion clinic that in the past provided the UNM Health Sciences Center with fetal tissue for medical research.
Seibel accused the attorney general’s office of protecting political special interests by deciding there was insufficient evidence to launch either a civil or criminal case.
New Mexico’s top prosecutors say no state laws were broken by the transfer of fetal tissue between an Albuquerque abortion clinic and researchers at the University of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office outlined it findings Thursday in a letter to members of a special U.S. congressional committee created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research.
The committee forwarded allegations to Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office in 2016. The committee accused tissue procurement firms and research entities like the university of possibly violating federal and state laws.
Balderas’ office conducted civil and criminal reviews but found no evidence to indicate any state violations.
U.S. Justice Department officials in December confirmed the FBI was considering criminal inquiries related to the long-running controversy surrounding the use of fetus tissue in medical research.