Hanaway says to increase Missouri penalty for sale of fetal organs

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Catherine Hanaway.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

Hanaway called for ramping up state law Tuesday during an anti-abortion rally outside a Columbia Planned Parenthood.

The rally was in response to an undercover video released by anti-abortion activists showing Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.

It’s a misdemeanor in Missouri to offer or receive “valuable consideration” for aborted fetal tissue or organs. Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri has said it doesn’t participate in such a program.

Hanaway is a former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney. She faces what could be a crowded GOP primary for governor.