A bill on the burial of the bodies of aborted fetuses advanced through the Tennessee Senate and House earlier this week.
The bill, HB 1181, would require medical providers either to cremate or to bury the fetal remains following an abortion.
Republican lawmakers, such as Rep. Tim Rudd, said the bill is designed to honor the dignity of the human person.
“Tennessee code requires pets and animals to be disposed of by burial or cremation but there is no such law active in Tennessee for aborted fetal remains,” said Rudd, according to Associated Press.
“I think it’s time for Tennessee to step up and give the same level of dignity given to a dead pet to a dead human being.”