Incest bill passes House

Incest bill passes House

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has passed a bill that expands the definition of incest and eliminates artificial insemination as a possible criminal defense.

Senate Bill 11 passed 69-0 with no debate. It had already cleared the Senate and just needs the signature of Gov. Jon Huntsman to become law.

The bill makes it illegal for adult relatives to provide each other with seminal fluids or human eggs for use in artificial insemination.

Current law requires proof of intercourse and only addresses offenses between adults and children under 18.

The bill was introduced after a 2008 Iron County investigation into incest allegations fell apart because the adults involved said their children were conceived through artificial insemination.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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