senate Bill S2147A
(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:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to sales and
purchases of human organs
To address current shortcomings in the public Health law with respect to
the harvesting of body parts, specifically in the context of non-organ
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 4307 of the public health law to prohibit the
sale of human organs and body parts other than blood and ocular tissue.
Amid scandals involving the illegal buying, selling and distribution of
human tissue by funeral homes and licensed biomedical companies, defi-
ciencies 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 wellbe-
ing of patient and lack of respect for the dead exhibited by the perpe-
trators 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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