Friday, September 22, 2006
The new law does not change the statute of limitations for civil suits for damages in sexual abuse cases. That law, MGL c. 260 s. 4C, provides that suits must be brought “within three years of the acts alleged to have caused an injury or condition or within three years of the time the victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered that an emotional or psychological injury or condition was caused by said act, whichever period expires later.” More information is available at Statutes of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases.
Friday, September 01, 2006
- Section 8 (b) No person shall knowingly create an embryo by the method of fertilization with the sole intent of donating the embryo for research.
- 960.005 (A) No person shall knowingly create embryos or pre-implantation embryos by the method of fertilization with the sole intent of using the embryo for research.
According to the Boston Globe, “The rules adopted Tuesday by the state Public Health Council generated widespread concern among scientists who expressed concern that the regulations could subject them to criminal penalties for certain activities used in human embryonic stem cell research.” Researchers are concerned that the change from the word “donating” in the law to “using” in the regulation limits their ability to conduct research, and opens them up to criminal liability under the law.
For more information on the controversy, see Kaiser Network’s Massachusetts Council's New Regulations on Embryonic Stem Cell Research Spark Controversy Among State Legislators.
For more on Stem Cell Research, see Mass. Law About Stem Cell Research.