Pennsylvania considers requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains

The Pennsylvania Senate is debating a bill that would require the burial or cremation of human remains after miscarriage or abortion.

HB 1890, the Final Disposition of Fetal Remains Act, was passed by the state House Nov. 18 by a vote of 123 to 76. It would require health care facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains not claimed by the child’s parents.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, said that “we wanted to craft something that was voluntary, that provided the family with the ability for closure, the ability to understand that a human life was lost.”

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