SB 651 Criminalizes selecting a human embryo for implantation through in vitro fertilization based on the gender of such embryo and genetic engineering of humans
Sponsor: Loudon
LR Number: 2526S.03I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 3/1/2007 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page: S388
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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SB 651 - This act makes it a Class A misdemeanor to select a human embryo for implantation through in vitro fertilization based on the gender of such embryo. Any second or subsequent offense is a Class D felony.

This act also criminalizes unlawful genetic engineering of humans. Such crime is committed if: 1) genes or other genetic material from any nonhuman species are added to a human embryo; 2) genes or other genetic material from a nonhuman species is added to a human sperm or human ovum to create a human embryo; 3) an ovum from a nonhuman species is used to create a human embryo; 4) human genes or genetic material is used to create a human embryo; or 5) human genes or other genetic material is added to or deleted from a human embryo except as a therapy, cure, or prevention of a specific debility or disease.

Any person who commits the crime of unlawful genetic engineering of humans shall be guilty of a Class B felony for the first offense and a Class A felony for any second or subsequent offense.

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