Gene Editing and State Laws

Gene Editing and State Laws

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  • Hey Jim! How are you doing? It's been awhile.
  • I've been doing well, Sandra, and you?
  • I've been great, but something's been troubling me. Does New Hampshire have any laws regarding gene editing?
  • Actually, New Hampshire doesn't have any laws regarding that subject. Therefore no one's rights are being protected or infringed upon.
  • Do any states in the northeastern United States have laws regarding gene editing?
  • There is one state that does. It's Massachusetts.
  • The law protects a person's right to genetic therapy to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and states that the treatment must not have a "greater deductible, coinsurance, copayments or out-of-pocket limits."
  • What does the law say? What does it protect?
  • Are there any states that have that do not support gene editing or stem cell research or therapy?
  • Yes, South Carolina has one. 
  • The law states that healthcare providers have "the right… to decline to… provide… health care services...that violate their consciences includ[ing],... human embryonic stem cell research."
  • Oh really? What does the law say?
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