senate Bill S2147
(R, C, IP) 22nd Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Prohibits the procurement of human body parts for use in human transplantation except as provided by law; requires that procurement of body parts be performed only at registered facilities and requires reporting to the county medical examiner or coroner.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the public health law, in relation to sales and purchases of
To address current shortcomings in the public Health law with
respect to the harvesting of body parte, specifically in the context
of non-organ tissue.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 4307 of the public
health law to prohibit the sale of human organs and body parts.
Amid scandals involving the illegal buying, selling and
distribution of human tissue by funeral homes and licensed
biomedical companies, deficiencies in current law with respect to
this area have become apparent. These scandals have involved funeral
homes removing tissue (e.g. skin, bone, organs and non-organ tissue)
from bodies before embalming or cremation without the permission of
the deceased's family. The tissue was then sold illegally to
biomedical companies who would then present it as legitimately
harvested tissue. In some instances, the ages of donors had been
changed and unscreened tissue taken from cancer patients had been
used in implant and replacement procedures.
Obviously, this practice most directly affected the families of the
deceased and the recipients of the tissue. The disregard of the
wellbeing of patient and lack of respect for the dead exhibited by
the perpetrators of these schemes is astonishing. This bill creates
stricter regulation of harvesting procedures, thereby reducing the
possibility that such an atrocity will ever happen again.
2007-08: S.209 - Referred to Health, Passed Senate
2009-10: S.2187 - Referred to Health
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