Wyoming Bill Regarding Fetal Tissue Experimentation (HB 116)
This law was last updated on Jul 11, 2017
HB 116 would prohibit the sale, transfer, or distribution of “any tissue or cells from an aborted child” for the purpose of experimentation. A person who violates this would be guilty of a felony punishable by a fine of at least $10,000 and imprisonment from one to fourteen years. Any person consenting, aiding or abetting such an activity would face the same punishment.
This would not apply to:
- any legal organ or tissue donations made by a parent; or
- a child or any tissues or cells from a child delivered by a miscarriage or any other medical condition which is not an abortion.
If passed, the law would take effect on July 1, 2017.
Similar to HB 70, which failed to pass in 2016.
An earlier version of the bill would have also amended the definition of “viability” to include the ability to feel pain. The bill did not indicate at which point in gestation a fetus might be able to feel pain. This language was removed.
Passed the house on February 3, 2017 by a 48-11 vote.
Passed the senate on February 28, 2017 by a 20-10 vote.
Signed by Gov. Matt Mead (R) on March 10, 2017.