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1 AN ACT concerning stem cell research.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5 Stem Cell Research Act.
6 Section 5. Declaration of findings. The General Assembly
7 finds and declares all of the following:
8 (1) An estimated 128 million Americans suffer from
9 the crippling economic and psychological burden of
10 chronic, degenerative, and acute diseases, including
11 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's
13 (2) The costs of treatment and lost productivity of
14 chronic, degenerative, and acute diseases in the United
15 States constitutes hundreds of billions of dollars every
16 year. Estimates of the economic costs of these diseases
17 do not account for the extreme human loss and suffering
18 associated with these conditions.
19 (3) Stem cell research offers immense promise for
20 developing new medical therapies for these debilitating
21 diseases and a critical means to explore fundamental
22 questions of biology. Stem cell research could lead to
23 unprecedented treatments and potential cures for
24 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and other
26 (4) The United States has historically been a haven
27 for open scientific inquiry and technological innovation,
28 and this environment, coupled with the commitment of
29 public and private resources, has made the United States
30 the preeminent world leader in biomedicine and
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1 (5) Open scientific inquiry and publicly funded
2 research will be essential to realizing the promise of
3 stem cell research and to maintaining the United States'
4 worldwide leadership in biomedicine and biotechnology.
5 Publicly funded stem cell research, conducted under
6 established standards of open scientific exchange, peer
7 review, and public oversight, offers the most efficient
8 and responsible means of fulfilling the promise of stem
9 cells to provide regenerative medical therapies.
10 (6) Stem cell research, including the use of
11 embryonic stem cells for medical research, raises
12 significant ethical and policy concerns, and, while not
13 unique, the ethical and policy concerns associated with
14 stem cell research must be carefully considered.
15 (7) Public policy on stem cell research must
16 balance ethical and medical considerations. The policy
17 must be based on an understanding of the science
18 associated with stem cell research and grounded on a
19 thorough consideration of the ethical concerns regarding
20 this research. Public policy on stem cell research must
21 be carefully crafted to ensure that researchers have the
22 tools necessary to fulfill the promise of stem cell
24 Section 10. Policy permitting research. The policy of
25 the State of Illinois shall be as follows:
26 (1) That research involving the derivation and use
27 of human embryonic stem cells, human embryonic germ
28 cells, and human adult stem cells from any source,
29 including somatic cell nuclear transplantation, shall be
30 permitted and that the ethical and medical implications
31 of this research shall be given full consideration.
32 (2) That research involving the derivation and use
33 of human embryonic stem cells, human embryonic germ
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1 cells, and human adult stem cells, including somatic cell
2 nuclear transplantation, shall be reviewed by an approved
3 institutional review board, as determined by the
4 Department of Public Health.
5 Section 15. Information requirement.
6 (a) An individual receiving fertility treatment shall
7 have the option to choose among the available means of
8 disposing of any human embryos remaining following the
9 fertility treatment. These means may include storing the
10 unused embryos, donating unused embryos to another
11 individual, discarding the embryos, or donating the remaining
12 embryos for research.
13 (b) An individual who elects to donate embryos remaining
14 after fertility treatments for research shall provide written
16 Section 20. Purchase or sale prohibited.
17 (a) A person may not knowingly, for valuable
18 consideration, purchase or sell embryonic or cadaveric fetal
19 tissue for research purposes.
20 (b) For the purposes of this Section, the giving or
21 receiving of reasonable payment for the removal, processing,
22 disposal, preservation, quality control, storage,
23 transplantation, or implantation of the tissue does not
24 constitute purchase or sale. This Section does not prohibit
25 reimbursement for removal, storage, or transportation of
26 embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue for research purposes
27 pursuant to this Act.
28 (c) A person who knowingly purchases or sells embryonic
29 or cadaveric fetal tissue for research purposes in violation
30 of subsection (a) of this Section is guilty of a Class A
31 misdemeanor for the first conviction and a Class 4 felony for
32 subsequent convictions.
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1 (d) Embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue may be donated
2 for research purposes pursuant to this Act.
3 Section 25. Liability.
4 (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this
5 Section, procuring, furnishing, donating, processing,
6 distributing, or using embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue
7 for research purposes pursuant to this Act is declared for
8 the purposes of liability in tort or contract to be the
9 rendition of a service by every person, firm, or corporation
10 participating therein, whether or not remuneration is paid,
11 and is declared not to be a sale of any such items and no
12 warranties of any kind or description nor strict tort
13 liability shall be applicable thereto.
14 (b) A person, firm, or corporation involved in the
15 rendition of a service described in subsection (a) of this
16 Section warrants to the person, firm, or corporation
17 receiving the service that he or she has exercised due care
18 and followed professional standards of care in providing the
19 service according to the current state of the medical arts.