University denies buying, selling fetal tissue

The University of New Mexico has denied a claim by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez that it bought or sold fetal tissue.

The school's Health Sciences Center issued the statement Sunday, a day after Sanchez posted the allegations on Facebook.

In the posting, Sanchez said a congressional investigation determined that the center allegedly harvests and infant body parts through its relationship with Southwestern Women's Options Clinic.

KOB-TV reported that center officials said any fetal tissue was obtained from women who agreed to donate for research.

The center also said it had followed all federal laws involving fetal tissue research.

According to the school, a House panel had issued subpoenas for depositions from two faculty members and related documents.
The school terminated its relationship with the clinic in December.