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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 18. Health, Safety, and Housing
- Chapter 50. Vital Statistics Act
- Section 950. Definitions.
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AS 18.50.950. Definitions.
In this chapter,
- (1) "adoptive parent" means a person who has adopted another person under AS 25.23;
- (2) "biological parent" means a parent named on the original certificate of birth of an adopted person;
- (3) "bureau" means the Bureau of Vital Statistics;
- (4) [Repealed, Sec. 88 Ch 56 SLA 2005].
- (5) "commissioner" means the commissioner of health and social services;
- (6) "dead body" means a lifeless human body or parts or bones of it from the state of which it reasonably may be concluded
that death recently occurred;
- (7) "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services;
- (8) "fetal death" means death before the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human
conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, where
- (A) the death is indicated by the fact that, after expulsion or extraction, the fetus does not breathe or show evidence of
life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles; and
- (B) the expulsion or extraction is not caused by an induced termination of pregnancy;
- (9) "filing" means the presentation of a certificate, report, or other record provided for in this chapter, of a birth,
death, fetal death, adoption, marriage, or divorce for registration by the bureau;
- (10) "final disposition" means the burial, interment, cremation, or other disposition of a dead body or fetus;
- (11) "induced termination of pregnancy" means the purposeful interruption of an intrauterine pregnancy with the intention
other than to produce a live-born infant, and that does not result in a live birth, except that "induced termination of
pregnancy" does not include management of prolonged retention of products of conception following fetal death;
- (12) "institution" means a public or private establishment that provides in-patient medical, surgical, or diagnostic care
or treatment, or nursing, custodial, or domiciliary care to two or more unrelated individuals, or to which persons are
committed by law;
- (13) "live birth" means the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective
of the duration of pregnancy, that, after expulsion or extraction, breathes or shows evidence of life such as beating
of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical
cord has been cut or the placenta is attached;
- (14) "medical history" includes information relating to a person's medical conditions and treatment, immunization records,
and other medical information about the person that could be important to the health care of the adopted person;
- (15) "physician" means a person authorized or licensed to practice medicine under the laws of the state;
- (16) "registration" means the acceptance by the bureau and the incorporation in its official records of certificates,
reports, or other records provided for in this chapter, of births, deaths, fetal deaths, adoptions, marriages, or
- (17) "state registrar" means the state registrar of vital statistics;
- (18) "system of vital statistics" includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of
vital statistics records, and related activities including the tabulation, analysis, and publication of statistical
data derived from them;
- (19) "vital statistics" means records of birth, death, fetal death, induced termination of pregnancy, marriage, divorce,
adoption, and related data.
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