Tennessee Bill Regarding the Use of Fetal Tissue (HB 2518)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
HB 2518 would prohibit any person, agency, corporation, partnership or association from knowingly from knowingly providing fetal tissue for medical experiments, research, transplantation, or therapies without the prior written consent of the mother.
The bill prohibits anyone from offering money or anything of value in exchange for human fetal tissue. The bill would allow an exception for tissue preservation and storage materials being supplied to the abortion provider.
The bill would also prohibit anyone from advertising, offering to sale, sell, or otherwise accept any money or anything of value in exchange for human fetal tissue.
The bill requires any organ procurement organization, educational institution, research or other facility that receives human fetal tissue from a physician’s office or abortion facility that is regulated as an ambulatory surgical center to keep a record of each physician’s office or abortion facility from which the tissue was received.
Each record should consist of the following:
- The name of the ambulatory surgical treatment center or physician’s office from which it was received;
- The date it was received;
- The gestational age of the child;
- The type of human fetal tissue received;
- Whether the fetal tissue preservation and storage supplies were supplied to the provider;
- Whether any donation was made either to the ambulatory surgical treatment center from which the human fetal tissue was received or to a partnership, federation, or association of the center; and
- If a donation was made, what amount.
The bill would also prohibit anyone from accepting or receiving human fetal tissue from an ambulatory surgical treatment facility if the entity receiving the tissue has made a donation to the ambulatory surgical treatment facility within five years of the date the tissue donation is made.
Anyone who violates this provision would be guilty of a Class E felony.
Companion bill to SB 2522.