§16-19-7a. Prohibition of sales and purchases of human organs.

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer for valuable consideration any human organ for use in human transplantation. The term human organ means the human kidney, liver, heart, lung, bone marrow, and any other human organ or tissue as may be designated by the director of health but shall exclude blood. The term "valuable consideration" does not include the reasonable payments associated with the removal, transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and storage of a human organ or the expenses of travel, housing, and lost wages incurred by the donor of a human organ in connection with the donation of the organ, or expenses incurred by nonprofit agencies or corporations to recover expenses incurred while offering services related to the location, maintenance and distribution of said human organs, or expenses incurred by nonprofit agencies or corporations to recover expenses incurred while offering services related to the location, maintenance and distribution of said human organs. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars.