Senate Bill No. 514
(By Senators McKenzie, Weeks, Smith and Sprouse)
[Introduced February 13, 2003; referred to the Committee on the
A BILL to amend article ten, chapter sixty-one of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section thirty-two,
relating to crimes against public policy generally;
prohibiting human and embryonic cloning; and prescribing
criminal penalties for violations of the section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article ten, chapter sixty-one of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
thirty-two, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY.
§61-10-32. Cloning; penalties.
It is unlawful for anyone to participate in any activity
involving the cloning of any human being or human embryo.
Any person who violates the provisions of this section is
guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not
less than five thousand dollars or not more than ten thousand
or imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not
less than one nor more than three years or, in the discretion of
the court, by both such fine and imprisonment. Nothing in this
section shall be construed or interpreted to endorse, allow, permit
or approve of any abortion.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit cloning of
human beings and embryos and to prescribe a criminal penalty for
violation of the provisions of the bill.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.