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Legislation to Regulate Dead Body Exhibits Approved

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Published on Jan 17, 2008

(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's (D-San Francisco) legislation, Assembly Bill 1519, to prohibit the commercial profit and public display of human bodies or remains without the documented informed consent of the deceased or next-of-kin has been approved by the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee. Exhibitors of shows like Bodies Revealed, who often obtain bodies from China, run galleries and displays of what may be unwilled remains in distasteful poses generating lucrative profits, while claiming the case of providing the public with health awareness. As we learn in this Assembly Web Report, AB 1519 requires exhibitors of human remains to provide a paper trail of informed consent and obtain a permit from local government to ensure bodies were donated, not exploited.

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