LITTLE ROCK — A bill that would require abortion providers to keep a sample of tissue from fetuses from juveniles has passed the Arkansas House.
The bill by Republican Rep. Charlene Fite of Van Buren cleared on an 88-0 vote.
Fite says keeping the tissue would give law enforcement evidence in case a girl was impregnated as a result of sexual abuse or statutory rape.
Under the bill, the State Crime Laboratory will set rules on the amount and type of tissue to be retained for DNA testing and procedures for chain of custody of evidence. The lab would also set procedures for proper disposal of the preserved tissue.
The bill goes to the Senate.