RESOLVE works with advocacy volunteers and other organizations to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. In 2020, RESOLVE will be tracking state legislation that impact the family building community, whether they are pro-family or anti-family bills. Find out what is happening in your state. If you know of a bill in your state but it is not listed below, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.

California

Bill Number: AB 767

Updated: January 16, 2020

Bill Number: AB 2014

Added February 6, 2020

  • Bill Title: An act to amend Section 335.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and to amend Section 801 of the Penal Code, relating to medical misconduct.
  • Description of Bill: Existing law additionally makes it a felony for anyone to knowingly implant sperm, ova, or embryos, through the use of assisted reproduction technology, into a recipient who is not the sperm, ova, or embryo provider, without the signed written consent
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the Assembly on 01/29/2020.
  • Link to Bill: AB 2014
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Colorado

Bill Number: HB20-1158

Bill Name: Building Families Act
Updated
: February 25, 2020

Bill Number: HB20-1292

Bill Name: Uniform Parentage Act (2017)
Added: February 17, 2020

  • Description of Bill: The bill repeals the “Uniform Parentage Act” and enacts the “Uniform Parentage Act (2017)” (new uniform act). The new uniform act clarifies establishment of the parent-child relationship, including the voluntary acknowledgement of parentage and the rules for acknowledgement or denial of parentage; establishes a registry of parentage; establishes procedures for genetic testing; specifies rules for proceedings to adjudicate parentage; makes provisions for assisted reproduction; creates requirements for surrogacy agreements; and specifics use of information about donors.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill was introduced in the House on 2/11/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB20-1292;
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Connecticut

Bill Number: HB 5178

Added February 24, 2020

  • Bill Title: An Act concerning adoption and implementation of the Connecticut Parentage Act.
  • Description of Bill: Clarifies who can be a parent and how to establish legal parentage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Referred to the Joint Committee on Judiciary.
  • Link to Bill: HB 5178
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Florida

Bill Numbers: SB 698/HB 1287

Updated February 17, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requiring a donor to enter into a certain contract with a donor bank or fertility clinic before he or she may donate; requiring a donor bank to clearly label each donation that is transferred to a fertility clinic according to the terms of each donor’s contract; requiring the Department of Health to perform annual inspections of donor banks and fertility clinics without notice; providing civil and criminal causes of action for, criminal penalties for, and disciplinary action against a physician who intentionally or recklessly artificially inseminates a patient with the incorrect sperm, eggs, or embryos, etc.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing these bills.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: SB 698 Introduced in the Senate on 01/14/2020. HB 1287 Introduced in the House on 01/14/2020. HB 1287 Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee on 01/17/2020. HB 1287 Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on 01/17/2020. Hearing held for HB 1278 in Health Quality Subcommittee on 01/30/2020. HB 1287 is pending review of CS under rule 7.18 (c) on 02/05/2020. SB 698 Referred to the Criminal Justice Committee on 2/12/20. SB 698 hearing scheduled for 2/18/20.
  • Link to Bills: SB 698; HB 1287
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Hawaii

Bill Number: SB 325/HB 1265

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Clarifies that evidence demonstrating an alleged parent’s non-consent to an artificial insemination procedure that resulted in the birth of a child may be introduced as evidence relating to paternity.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/18/2019 Senate bill introduced. 1/22/2019 referred to Senate JDC. 1/24/2019 House bill introduced. 1/28/2019 referred to House JUD. Bill scheduled to be heard by JUD on Thursday, 02-07-19 2:05PM in House conference room 325.
  • Link to BillSB325HB1265;
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Kentucky

Bill Number: SB 54

Added: January 21, 2020

  • Description of Bill: To establish that any health benefit plan issued or renewed in the Commonwealth that provides coverage for hospital, medical, or surgical expenses, shall include coverage for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an insured; establish language to specify that fertility preservation coverage is not required to be provided or included in any employer-sponsored health benefit plan offered by an employer to its employees if the employer is a religious organization.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/07/2020 Introduced in the Senate. 01/08/2020 assigned to the Committee on Banking & Insurance.
  • Link to Bill: SB 54
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Maryland

Bill Number: HB 781/SB 988

Updated: February 25, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Prohibits certain entities from discriminating on the basis of the marital status of a policyholder when providing coverage for certain expenses arising from in vitro fertilization procedures. This bill also lowers the mandatory waiting period from two years to one.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HB 781 Introduced in the House on 01/31/2020. HB 781 House Committee Hearing held on 2/13/2020. HB 781 passed in the House with amendments on 2/24/2020. SB 988 Introduced in the Senate and first reading held in Finance Committee. SB 988 Hearing scheduled for 2/26/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 781; SB 988;
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.
  • Read Bill would expand in vitro insurance to cover unwed women, baltimorefishbowl.com, 02/14/2020

Massachusetts

Bill Number: H 139/S 77

Bill Name: An Act relative to parentage to promote children’s security, also known as the Massachusetts Parentage Act
Updated
: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Clarifies who can be a parent and how to establish legal parentage. The MPA is based on the Uniform Parentage Act of 2017, which is a model, uniform law that advises all states to ensure that their parentage statutes are constitutional.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/22/2019 Senate referred to the committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 1/22/2019 House concurred. Joint hearing scheduled for 9/10/2019.
  • Link to BillS 77H. 139
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support.
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Bill Number: HB 1485

Bill Name: An Act to promote efficiency in co-parent adoptions.
Updated
: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Whenever, as a result of assisted reproduction, a child is born into a marriage or legal relationship that provides substantially the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as marriage and is recognized as valid in the state or jurisdiction in which it was entered, and the spouses wish to complete an adoption of the child to affirm parentage, the court shall permit the spouses to file a petition for adoption in accordance with this section. Whenever a child is born into a presumption of parentage pursuant to Section 6(a)(4) of Chapter 209C of the General Laws as a result of assisted reproduction and the non-marital parents wish to complete an adoption of the child to affirm parentage, the court shall permit the non-marital parents to file a petition for adoption in accordance with this section.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/22/2019, Senate, Referred to the committee on The Judiciary. 01/22/2019, House, House concurred. 07/16/2019, Hearing scheduled for 07/23/2019 from 01:00 PM-05:00 PM in A-1 & A-2.
  • Link to BillHB 1485;
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Bill Number: S 560

Bill Name: An Act Relative To Preserving Fertility
Updated
: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Any coverage offered by the commission to an active or retired employee of the commonwealth insured under the group insurance commission shall provide, to the same extent that benefits are provided for other pregnancy-related procedures, coverage for standard fertility preservation services when the enrollee has a diagnosed medical or genetic condition that may directly or indirectly cause impairment of fertility by affecting reproductive organs or processes. Said coverage will include the coverage for procurement, cryopreservation, and storage of gametes, embryos or other reproductive tissue.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/22/2019 Senate referred to the committee on Financial Services. 1/22/2019 House concurred. Hearing will be held on 10/8/2019.
  • Link to BillS560;
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Minnesota

Bill Number: HF 724/ SF 755/

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: A bill for an act relating to family law; clarifying the parentage of a woman who provides donated ova; and clarifying rights of spouse to parentage when assisted reproductive technology is used.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill with amendments.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee on 1/31/2019. House introduced bill on 2/4/19.
  • Link to Bill:  HF 724SF 755;
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Bill Number: HF 1000/SF 1152

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Traditional and gestational surrogacy arrangements regulated, and operation of a for-profit surrogacy agency crime created.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: House introduced bill on 2/11/19. Senate introduced bill on 2/14/2019 and referred to Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.
  • Link to BillHF 1000SF 1152;
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Bill Number: HF 1140/SF 1533

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Gestational Carrier Act to regulate gestational surrogacy arrangements.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduction and first reading, referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division on February 14, 2019. Passed the Judiciary Committee on 3/14/2019 and referred to Ways and Means Committee and HHS Finance Division.
  • Link to BillHF 1140SF 1533;
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Bill Number: SF 2766

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Every health plan under subdivision 1 must provide​ coverage for procedures related to infertility diagnosis and treatment that are considered​ medically necessary by the enrollee’s treating health care provider and recognized by either the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetrics​ and Gynecologists.​
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Referred to Health and Human Services Finance and Policy on 04/03/2019.
  • Link to BillSF 2766;
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Mississippi

Bill Number: HB 837

Updated February 20, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies to provide pregnancy related benefits to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses of diagnosis and treatment of infertility. To establish a pilot program in the state and school employees health insurance plan that provides for coverage for medically necessary expenses of tests and procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. To amend Section 25-15-9, Mississippi Code of 1972, to conform to the preceding provision; and for related purposes.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports bill with significant amendments needed.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 02/13/2020 Introduced in the House and referred to the Insurance Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 837
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Missouri

Bill Number: HB 1799

Added: January 20, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Establishes the “Right to Due Process Act”. Bill states that the life of each human being begins at fertilization; and repeals current statutory provisions acknowledging the preemption of state law by the Constitution of the United States and decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/08/2020 Introduced and read for first time in house. 01/09/2020 read for second time in house.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1799
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
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Nebraska

Bill Number: LB 501

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill:A Bill for an Act relating to insurance; to require insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization procedures as prescribed; and to provide for rules and regulations by the Department of Insurance.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/22/2019 introduced. 1/24/2019 referred to Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee. Notice of committee hearing for March 04, 2019
  • Link to BillLB 501;
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New Jersey

Bill Number: A 4605

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill:  Requires DOH to regulate and license embryo storage facilities.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 10/18/2018 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. 1/17/2019 Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.
  • Link to BillA 4605;
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Bill Number: A 4811

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill:  Requires health benefits coverage for intrauterine insemination.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill. This is a carryover bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 12/10/2018 introduced. Referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee
  • Link to BillA 4811;
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New York

Bill Numbers: A1071/S2071A

Bill Name: Child Parent Security Act
Updated: January 31, 2020

Bill Number: A 4316/S 847

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance coverage of infertility to be provided to insureds with same sex partners on the same basis as that provided to insureds with a partner of the opposite sex.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/9/2019 Senate bill referred to Insurance Committee. 2/4/2019 Assembly bill referred to Insurance Committee.
  • Link to BillsA 4306; S 847;
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Bill Number: A 4506/ S 1493

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Provides that policies issued in this state that provide coverage for hospital, surgical or medical care shall provide coverage for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary cancer treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to a covered person.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 2/4/2019 referred to Assembly Insurance Committee. Also referred to Senate Insurance Committee. Introduced and referred to Senate Insurance Committee on 1/08/2020. 
  • Link to BillA4506S1493;
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Bill Number: A 7204 /S 5032

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Relates to embryo and pre-embryo banks and storage facilities.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Assembly bill referred to Health Committee on 4/12/2019. Senate bill referred to Health Committee on 4/3/19.
  • Link to BillsA 7204S 5302;
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Bill Number: A7478A/S6403

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Relates to insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization and other fertility preservation treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Assembly bill referred to Insurance Committee on 5/6/2019. Currently on Assembly Insurance Committee Agenda. Referred to the Assembly Codes committee on 5/30/2019. Currently on Assembly Codes Committee Agenda. Referred to Ways and Means Committee on 6/4/19. S 6403 was introduced and referred to Senate Rules Committee on 6/7/19. A7478A was introduced and referred to Assembly Ways and Means on 1/08/2020. S6403 was introduced and referred to Senate Insurance Committee on 1/08/2020.
  • Link to BillsA 7478AS 6403;
  • Action Needed: Send these letters now to the Assembly Ways and Means Committe and the Senate Rules Committee. If a Committee member is your individual lawmaker, make sure you identify yourself as a constituent of that Committee member.
  • Read Simotas for Inclusion of In-Vitro in Ind. & Small Group Market Health Insurance Plans, The National Herald, May 12, 2019

Bill Number: A 8173

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires the promulgation of regulations relating to the commercial trade of human reproductive processes involving semen donation; limits the number of live births from a single semen donor; requires the commissioner to promulgate the regulations no later than six months after the act takes effect.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 6/5/2019 referred to Assembly Health Committee.
  • Link to BillA 8173;
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Bill Number: A 8562

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Creates a private right of action for fertility fraud and adds a health care practitioner using human reproductive material from a donor knowing or reasonably should have known that such patient had not expressly consented to such use, to the crime of aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 9/13/2019 referred to Codes Committee.
  • Link to BillA 8562;
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Bill Number: AB 7272 

Updated: January 16, 2020 

  • Description of Bill: Legalizes gestational carrier agreements; relates to the status of a child born pursuant to a gestational carrier agreement and makes conforming changes; relates to inheritance by a child born pursuant to a gestational carrier agreement; relates to the residency of a child born pursuant to a gestational carrier agreement; relates to certain liability coverage; relates to the content of birth certificates. 
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill. 
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Assembly bill referred to Judiciary Committee on 4/18/2019. 
  • Link to BillsAB 7272; 
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Bill Number: J 380

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 21-27, 2019, as Infertility Awareness Week in the State of New York.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 2/6/2019 referred to Senate Finance Committee. Bill passed on 2/12/19.
  • Link to BillJ380;
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Bill Number: S 2589

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Enacts provisions relating to the execution of written forms, prior to assisted reproductive technology services, for consent and directives for the transfer, use, and disposition of cryopreserved embryos or gametes, and provisions relating to notice prior to the implementation of the terms of such advance directives.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/28/2019 referred to Judiciary Committee.
  • Link to BillS 2589;
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Bill Number: S 6720

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Establishes the crime of fertility fraud as an assisted reproduction procedure using the health care provider’s own spermatozoon or ovum or using human reproductive material without the donor’s consent.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 9/16/2019 referred to Rules Committee.
  • Link to BillS 6720;
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Bill Number: S 7717

Added: February 17, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Relates to judgments of parentage for children conceived through assisted reproduction or pursuant to surrogacy or gamete provision agreements; relates to proceedings regarding parental rights, status and obligations and makes conforming changes; regulates genetic surrogacy, gamete provision and assisted reproduction programs; repeals provisions relating to the legitimacy of children born by artificial insemination; and repeals provisions relating to surrogate parenting contracts.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/30/2020 Introduced in the Senate. 2/11/2020 Referred to Judiciary Committee.
  • Link to BillS 7717;
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Ohio

Bill Number: HB 486

Added February 6, 2020

  • Description of Bill: To amend section 2901.13 and to enact sections 2305.117, 2907.13, 4731.86, 4731.87, 4731.871, 4731.88, 4731.881, 4731.89, and 4731.90 of the Revised Code to create the crime of fraudulent assisted reproduction and civil actions for an assisted reproduction procedure without consent.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
    • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 01/29/2020. Referred to Criminal Justice Committee on 02/04/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 486
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Oklahoma

Bill Number: SB 139

Updated: February 20, 2020

  • Description of Bill:  Any health benefit plan that is offered, issued or renewed in this state on or after January 1, 2019, that provides pregnancy- related benefits for individuals covered under the plan, pursuant to Section 6060.3 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall provide coverage for services and benefits on an expense incurred, service, or prepaid basis for outpatient expenses that arise from in vitro fertilization procedures. Benefits for in vitro fertilization procedures required under this section must be provided to the same extent as benefits provided for other pregnancy-related procedures under the plan.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports bill with significant amendments needed.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Second Reading referred to Retirement and Insurance Committee on 2/5/2019. Coauthored by Representative Townley (principal House author) on 2/28/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 139;
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Bill Number: SB 195

Bill Name: Oklahoma Personhood Act
Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: The Oklahoma Legislature finds that life of each human being begins at conception; unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being; and the natural parents of unborn children have protectable interests in the life, health, and well-being of their unborn child.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Second Reading referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 2/5/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 195
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
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Pennsylvania

Bill Number: HB 1890

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: An Act providing for the final disposition of fetal remains; and imposing penalties.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill passed the House on Nov. 18, 2019. Referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Nov. 22, 2019
  • Link to BillHB 1890
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
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Bill Number: SB 139

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill:  An Act amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, adding provisions relating to establishment of parent-child relationship for certain individuals; providing for voluntary acknowledgment of parentage, for registry of paternity, for genetic testing, for proceeding to adjudicate parentage, for assisted reproduction, for surrogacy agreements and for information about donors.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Referred to House Judiciary Committee on 1/28/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 139;
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Rhode Island

Bill Number: SB 2136/H 7541

Updated: February 25, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Repeals current state law regarding paternity and replaces it with a more comprehensive parentage act that provides procedures establishing parentage, genetic testing, surrogacy agreements and assisted reproduction.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/09/2020 Bill was introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. 01/24/2020 Bill assigned to Judiciary Subcommittee, Civil Law. 02/04/2020 Committee hearing was held. 02/11/20 Senate passed as amended. 02/12/20 first read in the House and referred to House Judiciary Committee. 02/26/20 Judiciary committee hearing this Wednesday evening, 02/26/20.
  • Link to Bill: SB 2136; H 7541;
  • Action Needed: Send this letter to your Representatives in support of this bill.

South Carolina

Bill Number: H 3289/S 485

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina”
Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: This bill establishes “that the right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization and that the rights of due process and equal protection, guaranteed by … the constitution of this state, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 1/8/19. The Senate bill was introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/6/19.
  • Link to BillH 3289; S 485;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Send letters to your State Senator and  Representative now – it takes just minutes to voice your oppose this bill.

Bill Number: H 3920

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina”
Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: This bill establishes “that the right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization and that the rights of due process and equal protection, guaranteed by … the constitution of this state, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 2/7/19.
  • Link to BillH 3920;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
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South Dakota

Bill Number: HB 1096

Updated: February 25, 2020

  • Bill Name: An Act to prohibit commercial surrogacy contracts and provide a penalty for facilitating a commercial surrogacy.
  • Description of Bill: Prohibits commercial surrogacy contracts and provides a penalty for facilitating a commercial surrogacy.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/26/2020 Bill introduced in the House. 1/27/2020 First read in the House and referred to House Judiciary Committee. Hearing held on 1/29/2020. Passed in the House (Y-46, N-20) on 02/06/2020. First read in the Senate and referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 02/07/20. Senate committee hearing will be held on 2/26/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1096
  • Action Needed: Send this letter now to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Members requesting that they oppose this dangerous bill.

Tennessee

Bill Number: HB 1962

Added February 6, 2020

  • Description of Bill: As introduced, enacts the “Rule of Law Life Act.” – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 63 and Chapter 351 of the Public Acts of 2019. The right to life is enjoyed by all natural persons, which includes unborn human beings, the aged and infirm; and the fourteenth amendment did not abrogate the powers of the people and an unborn child; and (5) “Unborn child” means an individual living member of the species, homo sapiens, throughout the entire embryonic and fetal stages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and childbirth.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 01/29/2020. Referred to the Health Committee on 1/30/2020. Referred to Public Health Subcommittee on 01/31/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1962
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Utah

Bill Number: HB 204

Updated: February 25, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires a health benefit plan to cover in vitro fertilization if it also provides a maternity benefit.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 01/30/2020 and referred to House Rules Committee. Rereferred to House Business and Labor Committee on 2/05/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 204
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Bill Number: HB 214

Updated February 25, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires the DOH to apply for a Medicaid waiver or state plan amendment to allow the program to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization and genetic testing. Requires the Public Employees Program to provide the same coverage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 1/29/2020. Referred to the House Rules Committee and received a fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst 2/03/2020. Referred to the House Business and Labor Committee 02/05/2020. Second reading in the House 02/11/2020. Third reading in the House 2/14/2020. Bill passed the full House and moved to the Senate on 2/15/2020. Introduced in the Senate and first reading on 2/19/2020. Referred to Senate Business and Labor Committee on 2/20/2020. Committee hearing held on 2/21/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 214;
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Virginia

Bill Number: HB 776

Added: January, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts and health care plans to provide coverage for standard fertility preservation procedures that are medically necessary to preserve the fertility of a covered individual due to the covered individual’s receiving cancer treatment that may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill with amendments.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/14/2020 Introduced in the House and assigned to the Committee on Labor and Commerce. 01/16/2020 assigned to a subcommittee in the Committee on Labor and Commerce. 1/28/2020 Committee hearing held and recommends incorporating (HB 776-Helmer) by voice vote.
  • Link to Bill: HB 776
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Bill Number: HB 1567

Added: January 20, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans to provide coverage for embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, gamete intrafallopian tube transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, zygote intrafallopian transfer, and low tubal ovum transfer when performed on a covered individual who is less than 50 years old and infertile.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill with amendments.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/07/2020 Introduced in the House and assigned to the Committee on Labor and Commerce. 01/16/2020 assigned to a subcommittee in the Committee on Labor and Commerce.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1567
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Bill Number: SB 920

Updated: February 17, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts and health care plans to provide coverage for standard fertility preservation procedures that are medically necessary to preserve the fertility of a covered individual due to the covered individual’s receiving cancer treatment that may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/09/20 Bill was introduced in Senate and referred to Committee on Education and Health. 01/16/20 Referred to Judiciary Committee. 02/04/20 Read third time and passed in the Senate (40-Y 0-N). 02/12/20 Read for first time in the House and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.
  • Link to Bill: SB 920
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Bill Number: SB 1086

Added: January 23, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans, including plans administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, to provide coverage for infertility treatment.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill with amendments.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/17/2020 Introduced in the Souse and assigned to the Committee on Labor and Commerce.
  • Link to Bill: SB 1086
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Bill Number: SB 1544

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill:  Assisted conception; parentage presumption. Makes the relevant law regarding children born as a result of assisted conception applicable to both same-sex and opposite-sex married couples. The bill also provides that a person is presumed to be the parent of a child if such person is married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth or was married to the mother within 300 days of the child’s birth.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Referred to Senate Committees on Education and Health and Courts of Justice on 1/17/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 1544;
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West Virginia

Bill Number: HB 2074

Bill Name: Life at Conception Act of 2019
Updated
: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill:  To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the legislative body, including the power under section 8 of Article I of the Constitution of the United States and Article VI of the Constitution of the State of West Virginia to make necessary and proper laws and the power under section five of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, we hereby declare that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of West Virginia is vested in each human being.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill introduced to House on January 9, 2019 and sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Link to BillHB 2074;
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Bill Number: HB 4553

Added February 3, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance providers in the state to provide insurance coverage for fertility services.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the House on 1/27/2020 and referred to House Banking and Insurance Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 4553
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Bill Number: HB 4928

Added February 25, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requiring medical insurance providers to include infertility services in their policies.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill introduced to House on 2/11/2020. Bill referred to House, Banking and Insurance Committee on 2/11/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB 4928;
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Resolution Number: HJR 4

Resolution Name: Life Begins at Conception Amendment
Updated
: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Resolution:  Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia amending Article III thereof, by adding thereto a new section, designated section 23 relating to defining the word “person” or “persons,” as those terms are used in Article III of the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes Resolution.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: Resolution introduced to House on January 9, 2019 and sent to the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Link to ResolutionHJR 4;
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Wisconsin

Bill Number: SJR 86

Added February 6, 2020

  • Resolution Title: To renumber and amend section 1 of article I; and to create section 1 (2) of article I of the constitution; Relating to: the term persons (first consideration).
    Description of Bill: As applied to the right to life, the term “persons” shall apply to every human being at any stage of development, born or unborn. SECTION 2 .The constitutional amendment allows the legislature to define the scope of protections afforded to unborn persons and specifies that any prohibition of conduct with regard to unborn persons must be prescribed by the legislature by law. The constitutional amendment also specifies that, as applied to the right to life, the term “persons” applies to every human being at any stage of development.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: Introduced in the Senate on 01/29/2020. Referred to the Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.
  • Link to Resolution: SJR 86
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