Tuesday, August 19, 2008

California Senate Passes Bill Regulating Corpse Shows

Both houses of the California State Legislature have now passed a bill regulating corpse shows in that state. Sponsored by Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), AB 1519 demands actual, verifiable proof of consent for each body on display in cadaver exhibits in California.

Premier Exhibitions, producers of a Bodies Revealed show now touring California, opposed passage of the bill in a letter to legislators claiming it would outlaw their shows since, "It will be impossible to retroactively provide written authorization to display human remains of an unclaimed body or from human remains obtained years ago."

The bill passed with strong bi-partisan support by a vote of 62-5 in the State Assembly and 24-10 in the State Senate. The bill now awaits Governor Schwarzenegger's signature. Story is available here.

On a side note, LifeSite News has a report on The Key's coverage of Bodies Revealed today.