SB 0948 Requires disclosure of the transfer of human fetal parts for research purposes
Sponsor:Cauthorn Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:3741S.01I Fiscal Note:3741-01
Committee:Pensions and General Laws
Last Action:02/13/02 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Pensions & General Laws Journal page:
Committee (3741S.03C)
Title:SCS SB 948
Effective Date:August 28, 2002
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SCS/SB 948 - This act requires the disclosure of the transfer or use of human fetal parts.

This act defines "human fetal parts" as any deceased fetus or child who has been delivered by means of induced or spontaneous abortion or any tissue or organ of such fetus or child. "Valuable consideration" is also defined to include methods of payment or debt incurrence associated with the transfer of human fetal parts.

With the exception of those who receive human fetal parts by donations, this act prohibits any person or entity from transferring human fetal parts for valuable consideration without properly disclosing the information surrounding the transfer to the Department of Health and Senior Services. Reasonable shipping costs need not be disclosed. The act also prohibits the shipping of human fetal parts by any person or entity without full disclosure of the contents to the shipping carrier.

This act will not apply to the unpaid transfer of human fetal tissue by a family to a pathologist for testing or to the transfer of human fetal parts for burial or cremation. Any individual violating this section will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

This act is similar to SB 581 and HB 564 (2001).