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Massachusetts Bill Regarding Stem Cell Research (H 2037)

This law was last updated on Oct 26, 2017


State

Massachusetts

Number

H 2037

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Mar 11, 2015

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Human Embryo and Fetal Research

Full Bill Text

malegislature.gov

H 2037 would make changes to existing laws regarding reprogrammed human skin cells for embryonic stem cell research.  The changes are designed to no longer permit the use of embryonic stem cells.

Changes to section 3 of chapter 111L of the 2012 General Laws

H 2037 would replace the term “embryonic stem” with the term “skin.”  This would effectively no longer permit embryonic stem cell research.

Changes to section 8 of chapter 111L of the 2012 General Laws

H 2037 would “prohibit the creation of a pre-implantation embryo by somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis or other asexual means for research purposes.”

H 2037 would no longer allow people to donate their gametes to another person or for research.

Changes to section 10 of chapter 111L of the 2012 General Laws

H 2037 would no longer permit institutions to register for a certificate authorizing them to engage in embryonic stem cell research.

Changes to section 12J of chapter 112 of the 2012 General Laws

H 2037 would remove a paragraph stating that the term “fetus” includes the term “embryo” but excludes a pre-implantation embryo.

Changes to section 12 K of chapter 112 of the 2012 General Laws

H 2037 would change the definition of “Unborn child” from “the individual human life in existence and developing from implantation of the embryo in the uterus until birth,” to “the individual human life in existence and developing from fertilization.”

Changes to section 7 of chapter 113 of the 2012 General Laws

H 2037 would change the definition of “Part” in regards to the human body.  The current definition allows for gamete to be considered separate from human organ, eye of tissue.  This change would remove that separation.

 


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