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A congressional panel is investigating fetal tissue research around the country, raising what they say are bioethical concerns about how tissue is donated by women who’ve had abortions. KUNM wanted to know: What is that research used for anyway?

The debate has landed squarely in New Mexico’s backyard. One abortion provider who will perform the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy gives donated tissue to researchers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

There, the tissue is used to help find treatments for the developmental problems extremely premature babies face. We spoke with the principal investigator at UNM, the anti-abortion group raising concerns and an abortion doctor at the clinic in this ongoing series.