Utah Senate passes bill amending incest law

Utah Senate passes bill amending incest law

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Senate has passed a bill to expand the definition of incest and eliminate artificial insemination as a possible criminal defense.

Senate Bill 11 passed on a vote of 27-0 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan, 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 address offenses between adults and children under 18.

Incest is a third-degree felony punishable by a prison term of up to five years.

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

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