Bipartisan proposals spearheaded by state Rep. John Roth that will allow victims of assisted reproduction fraud to seek justice were advanced overwhelmingly by the Michigan House today.
The plan, which also includes bills from state Reps. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian), Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) and Kelly Breen (D-Novi), protects people born through assisted reproductive methods who seek the truth regarding their backgrounds. The bills allow for civil liability when an individual knowingly, intentionally or willfully provides false or misleading information related to a procedure, establish a new criminal conduct framework and a 15-year lookback timeframe for charges from the time of the offense or DNA identification, and provide investigatory powers to the state to evaluate allegations.
“There is currently no recourse for the people who are born through assisted methods – only for parents who opt for an assisted method and realize what they were told up front wasn’t reality,” said Roth, of Traverse City. “When people find out they were lied to about their backgrounds, it’s incredibly jarring. These plans offer protection for everyone involved in assisted reproduction who seeks the truth. They also provide a strong deterrent for people who intentionally mislead or knowingly provide false information during the assisted reproduction process.”
There are currently no federal requirements that facilities such as sperm banks obtain and verify a donor’s medical history, educational background, or criminal record – leading to the potential for misrepresented information. The plans work to improve general oversight into assisted reproductive facilities at the state level.
House Bills 5713-17 now move to the Senate for consideration.
“House Democrats have officially killed the lights on Northern Michigan families,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “This plan makes us more reliant on energy sources that have already proven completely unreliable. My district came out hard against these bills, and Democrats fully ignored them. They chose to give in to far-left environmental activists with no regard for rural Michigan.”
“Democrats can scream ‘local control’ from the rooftops; it doesn’t mean they do anything to support it. You can call stripping zoning power away from communities whatever you want, but ‘local control’ would be my last choice.”
“There have been far too many lapses in judgment made by my Democrat colleagues recently,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “Transparency legislation is essential to ensure the public is aware of conflicts of interest well before the media reports them.”