Missouri Bill Regarding Custody of In Vitro Human Embryos (SB 432)
This law was last updated on Oct 23, 2017
SB 432 would assign “personhood” to in vitro human embryos and establish standards for a court to follow in rendering a decision involving custody of in vitro human embryos.
The bill describes an “in vitro human embryo” as any human embryo at any stage of development which is not conceived within a female.
In regards to custody conflicts, the bill presumes that it is in the best interest of the in vitro human embryo to place “him or her” in custody of the donor who intends to develop the in vitro human embryo to birth. The court would not be allowed to approve either the termination of the in vitro human embryo or an outcome that leaves the in vitro human embryo indefinitely in an environment in which it does not develop and grow.
Companion bill to HB 112.
Identical to SB 1129, which failed to pass in 2016.
Similar to HB 2558, which failed to pass in 2016.