UNM Health Sciences Center statement regarding Select Investigative Panel Chair’s assertion

The University of New Mexico is profoundly disappointed in the tack taken by the Chair of the Select Investigative Panel. We categorically deny the Chair’s assertions in every respect. 

The University of New Mexico and its medical providers are committed to complying with all federal and state laws, rules and regulations. This includes the New Mexico Jonathan Spradling Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. This Act only applies to “decedents.” The Act specifically excludes fetuses from induced abortions from the definition of “decedents.” 

In other words, contrary to Chairman Blackburn’s assertions, this Act does not apply to fetuses from pregnancies that may have been terminated at Southwestern Women’s Options. Additionally, UNM has never paid for this tissue – it has been provided free to the University of New Mexico for medical research.

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