SENATE LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 3328

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †JUNE 13, 2024

 

††††† The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 3328.

††††† As reported by the committee, this bill establishes the crime of fertility fraud. Under the bill, a person commits fertility fraud if the person is a health care practitioner and knowingly performs an assisted reproduction treatment on a patient that results in a pregnancy using the personís own human reproductive material without the written informed consent of the patient, or using the human reproductive material of another person without the written informed consent of the patient.†

††††† Fertility fraud is a crime of the third degree. A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of three to five years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.

††††† The bill also requires the court to order the permanent revocation of any license or certification related to the provision of health care services that is held by the defendant.

††††† Under the bill, a prosecution for fertility fraud is required to be commenced within 20 years of the date the assisted reproduction treatment was conducted, or within 10 years of the date that the victim became aware that the crime occurred.