(720 ILCS 5/12-20.5)
Dismembering a human body.
(a) A person commits dismembering a human body
when he or she knowingly dismembers, severs, separates,
dissects, or mutilates any body part of a deceased's body.
(b) This Section does not apply to:
(1) an anatomical gift made in accordance with the
Illinois Anatomical Gift Act;
(3) the purchase or sale of drugs, reagents, or other
substances made from human body parts, for the use in medical or scientific research, treatment, or diagnosis;
(4) persons employed by a county medical examiner's
office or coroner's office acting within the scope of their employment while performing an autopsy;
(5) the acts of a licensed funeral director or
embalmer while performing acts authorized by the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Code;
(6) the acts of emergency medical personnel or
physicians performed in good faith and according to the usual and customary standards of medical practice in an attempt to resuscitate a life; or
(7) physicians licensed to practice medicine in all
of its branches or holding a visiting professor, physician, or resident permit under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, performing acts in accordance with usual and customary standards of medical practice, or a currently enrolled student in an accredited medical school in furtherance of his or her education at the accredited medical school.
(c) It is not a defense to a violation of this Section that the decedent
died due to
natural, accidental, or suicidal causes.
(d) Sentence. Dismembering a human body is a Class X felony.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11