A bill that would have limited the testing of the human fetus and prohibited the transplantation of fetal parts was tabled Friday by the House Health Standing Committee, despite emotional testimony by the bill's sponsor.
"This is not a medical, but moral, ethical question regarding the sanctity of life," said Rep. J. Reese Hunter, R-Salt Lake. The lawmaker likened the possible medical experimentation to that imposed under Hilter on the Jews.The bill was opposed by the Utah Medical Association, primarily because the term "fetus" was not defined in the bill. It was also opposed by the Utah Department of Health because of the potential work overload the bill could create for the state medical examiner.
The committee moved that the bill be sent to an interim committee for further study.