2005 - 2006 LEGISLATURE
March 18, 2005 - Introduced by Senators Leibham, Lassa, Breske, Reynolds, A.
Lasee, Roessler, Lazich, Grothman, Cowles, Kapanke, Stepp and Kedzie,
cosponsored by Representatives
Wieckert, Pettis, LeMahieu, Nischke,
Ainsworth, Hines, Kerkman, Bies, Ott, Petrowski, Owens, Nass, Vrakas,
Musser, Gunderson, Davis, Pridemore, Albers, Kreibich, M. Williams,
Kestell, Gronemus, Underheim, Molepske, Krawczyk, Gard, Ballweg, Hahn,
Wood, Gottlieb, Strachota, Kleefisch, Mursau and Jeskewitz. Referred to
Committee on Health, Children, Families, Aging and Long Term Care.
1An Act to create
146.343 of the statutes; relating to: donation of newborn
2umbilical cord blood.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the principal prenatal health care provider of a woman who
is known to be pregnant to offer her, before her 35th week of pregnancy, information
on the options to donate, to an accepting and accredited cord blood bank, blood bank,
blood center, or plasma center, blood extracted from the umbilical cord of her
newborn child, if the donation may be made without monetary expense to the
woman, to any insurer providing health care coverage for the woman, or to the
hospital in which the delivery occurs for collection or storage. The requirement to
offer a pregnant woman the option of donating umbilical cord blood does not apply
to a hospital that, or physician, nurse-midwife, nurse, or other hospital employee or
contractor who, in writing, refuses to participate in the activity by reason of religion
or personal conviction.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB127, s. 1
146.343 of the statutes is created to read:
1146.343 Donation of newborn umbilical cord blood. (1)
In this section:
(a) "Hospital" has the meaning given in s. 50.33 (2).
(b) "Nurse" means a registered nurse who is licensed under s. 441.06 or 4
permitted under s. 441.08.
(c) "Nurse-midwife" means an individual who is licensed to engage in the 6
practice of nurse-midwifery under s. 441.15 (3) (a).
(d) "Physician" has the meaning given in s. 448.01 (5).
Except as provided in sub. (3), the principal prenatal health care provider 9
of a woman who is known to be pregnant shall, before the woman's 35th week of 10
pregnancy, offer her information on options to donate, to an accepting and accredited 11
cord blood bank, blood bank, blood center, or plasma center, blood extracted from the 12
umbilical cord of her newborn child, if the donation may be made without monetary 13
expense for the collection or storage to the woman, to any insurer providing health 14
care coverage for the woman, or to the hospital in which delivery occurs.
Subsection (2) is inapplicable to a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse, or other 16
hospital employee or contractor who, or a hospital that, in writing, refuses by reason 17
of religion or personal conviction to participate in the activity specified in sub. (2).