Bill Summary for H 297 (2015-2016)

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Sep 23 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 297 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 18, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE INFORMED CONSENT FOR THE DONATION OF THE REMAINS OF AN UNBORN CHILD; TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ANY ABORTED OR MISCARRIED MATERIAL OR REMAINS OF AN UNBORN CHILD RESULTING FROM AN ABORTION OR MISCARRIAGE; AND TO LIMIT THE USE OF STATE FUNDS FOR CONTRACTS PERTAINING TO TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS.
Intro. by Burr, Stevens.

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Senate committee substitute deletes all provisions of the 1st edition and replaces with the following. 

Amends GS 130A-131.10 to delete subsection (c), which relieves a hospital or other medical facility from the obligation to dispose of the remains of pregnancies in accordance with the section if it sends the remains to a medical or research laboratory or facility. 

Creates new subsections (e) and (f) allowing mothers to acquire or donate to a research facility the remains of her unborn child after a spontaneous abortion or miscarriage, with informed consent required before donations for research. Provides for autopsies and other examinations deemed necessary by attending pathologists or treating physicians for diagnostic purposes. 

Enacts new GS 14-46.1, prohibiting the sale of the remains of an unborn child resulting from an abortion or miscarriage. The new section makes such sale for any consideration whatsoever a Class I felony but does not prohibit payment for incineration, burial, or cremation. 

Creates a new subsection in GS 130A-131.15A preventing the Department of Health and Human Services from using state funds for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives to enter into contracts for family planning services, pregnancy prevention services, or adolescent parenting programs with any provider that performs abortions. 

The act becomes effective on October 1, 2015. 

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