2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 7, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Brandtjen, Allen, Brooks,
Edming, Gundrum, Horlacher, Hutton, Krug, Murphy, Quinn, Ramthun,
Schraa, Skowronski, Sortwell, Thiesfeldt and Wichgers, cosponsored by
Senators Jacque, Craig, Nass and Stroebel. Referred to Committee on State
1An Act to amend
253.12 (3) (a) 1. (intro.), 253.12 (3) (a) 1. a. and 253.12 (4) (a); 2
and to create
69.186 (1) (n), 69.186 (1) (o), 146.346 and 253.12 (3) (a) 5. of the 3
statutes; relating to: sale, use, and final disposition of fetal body parts,
4reporting of sex and fetal anomaly following induced abortion, and providing
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Generally, this bill prohibits certain sales and uses of fetal body parts derived
from an unborn child aborted by an induced abortion and requires arrangement for
final disposition of the fetal body parts by a physician who performs the induced
abortion. The bill also requires reporting of certain information after an induced
Current law prohibits a person from knowingly and for valuable consideration
acquiring, receiving, or otherwise transferring a human organ. Current federal law
prohibits a person from knowingly acquiring, receiving, or otherwise transferring,
in interstate commerce, any fetal tissue for valuable consideration. This bill
prohibits a person from knowingly acquiring, providing, receiving, or using a fetal
body part in this state, regardless of whether the acquisition, provision, receipt, or
use is for valuable consideration. A fetal body part, as defined in the bill, is tissue,
an organ, or another part of an unborn child that is obtained after and as a result of
an induced abortion of the unborn child occurring after the effective date of the bill.
The bill's prohibition does not apply to use of a fetal body part for diagnostic or
remedial tests, procedures, or observations which have the sole purpose of
determining the life or health of the unborn child in order to provide that information
to the mother or preserving the life or health of the child, unborn child, or the child's
The bill requires a physician who performs an induced abortion to arrange for
final disposition by burial, interment, entombment, or cremation of the fetal body
parts. A person who is acting exclusively in furtherance of final disposition of a fetal
body part is not guilty of violating the prohibitions in the bill.
This bill requires a hospital, clinic, or other facility in which an induced
abortion is performed to report additional information in its required annual report
to the Department of Health Services. Under current law, the report must include,
among other pieces of information, for each patient, the state, and county if
Wisconsin, of residence; certain demographic information; the month and year in
which the abortion was performed; the number of weeks since the patient's last
menstrual period; whether the abortion was chemically or surgically induced or
surgically induced following a failed chemical abortion; any resulting complications;
and certain information for abortions of an unborn child capable of experiencing
pain. This bill adds to the information required in the report the sex of the aborted
unborn child if the sex can be determined by visual inspection, whether the aborted
unborn child had a fetal anomaly, and the nature of the fetal anomaly if the aborted
unborn child had one. Under the bill, DHS must incorporate information reported
regarding an aborted unborn child's fetal anomaly in the existing birth defect
For further information see the state 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:
69.186 (1) (n) of the statutes is created to read:
(n) The sex of the aborted unborn child if the sex can be determined 3
by visual inspection.
69.186 (1) (o) of the statutes is created to read:
(o) Whether the aborted unborn child had a fetal anomaly and, if so, 6
the nature of the fetal anomaly.
146.346 of the statutes is created to read:
8146.346 Fetal body parts. (1) Definitions.
In this section:
(a) “Fetal body part" means tissue, an organ, or another part of an unborn child 2
that is obtained after and as a result of an induced abortion of the unborn child that 3
occurs after the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date].
(b) “Final disposition" means the disposition of fetal body parts by burial, 5
interment, entombment, or cremation.
(c) “Induced abortion” has the meaning given in s. 69.01 (13m).
(d) “Unborn child” has the meaning given in s. 939.75 (1).
8(2) Prohibition; exception.
(a) No person may knowingly acquire, provide, 9
receive, or use a fetal body part, regardless of whether the acquisition, provision, 10
receipt, or use is for valuable consideration.
(b) The prohibition under par. (a) does not apply to use of a fetal body part for 12
diagnostic or remedial tests, procedures, or observations which have the sole purpose 13
of determining the life or health of the unborn child in order to provide that 14
information to the mother or preserving the life or health of the child, unborn child, 15
or the child's mother.
16(3) Final disposition.
A physician who performs or induces an induced 17
abortion shall arrange for the final disposition of fetal body parts resulting from the 18
induced abortion. No person is guilty of violating sub. (2) (a) if the person is acting 19
exclusively in furtherance of final disposition of a fetal body part.
Any person who violates this section is guilty of a Class H felony, 21
except that, notwithstanding the maximum fine specified in s. 939.50 (3) (h), the 22
person may be fined not more than $50,000.
253.12 (3) (a) 1. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. (intro.) Establish and maintain an up-to-date registry that 25
documents the diagnosis in this state of any unborn child who has a fetal anomaly
infant or child who has a birth defect, regardless of the residence of the infant 2
or child. The department shall include in the registry information that will facilitate 3
all of the following:
253.12 (3) (a) 1. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. a. Identification of risk factors for fetal anomalies and
253.12 (3) (a) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 5. Incorporate information reported under s. 69.186 (1) (o) into 9
the registry and into any reports and analysis created from the registry.
253.12 (4) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Make recommendations to the department regarding the 12
establishment of a registry that documents the diagnosis in the state of an unborn
13child who has a fetal anomaly or an
infant or child who has a birth defect, as required 14
under sub. (3) (a) 1., the specific birth defects for which a report is required under sub. 15
(2) on which the council unanimously decides, the rules that the department is 16
required to promulgate under sub. (3) (a) 3., and on the general content and format 17
of the report under sub. (2) and procedures for submitting the report. The council 18
shall also make recommendations regarding the content of a report that, because of 19
the application of sub. (2) (d), does not contain the name of the subject of the report.
(1) The treatment of s. 146.346 first applies to acquisition, provision, receipt, 22
or use of a fetal body part on the effective date of this subsection.