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Fetal Remains Bill Sent To Governor; Only Abortion Bill Of 2020 Session

Lauren Chapman
IPB News

Health care facilities that perform abortions will now have procedures to follow for burying and cremating fetal remains based on legislation headed to the governor’s desk.

It’s the only abortion-related bill that advanced this session.

The measure builds on a 2016 law upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court that requires medical facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains, not dispose of them as medical waste. This year’s bill lays out the procedures for how facilities must do that, including forms with the state health department and agreements with licensed funeral homes and crematoriums.

Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) emphasizes the bill only requires health care facilities to ensure those remains are buried or cremated.

“The burden will be on the abortion clinic or the abortion provider, not the woman," Brown says. "There’s been a lot of misinformation about this bill.”

This legislation was less controversial than many anti-abortion bills in years past, even earning "yes" votes from lawmakers who typically oppose such measures.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.