Now focused on abortion, Provo lawmaker’s fetal remains bill passes through Utah House

This article originally appeared in the Daily Herald. You can read it in its entirety here.

An amended version of a bill sponsored by a Provo lawmaker regarding the disposal of fetal remains of women who have abortions or miscarriages passed through the Utah State House on Wednesday and now returns to the Senate for further consideration

Originally, Senate Bill 67, sponsored by Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, would have required medical facilities to dispose of the remains of fetuses from abortions or miscarriages in one of two ways: either by cremation or burial.

Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, proposed an amendment to the bill to give women the third option of choosing for the health care facility to dispose of the fetal remains as the facility normally would, which is by incinerating the remains alongside other biological material.

Following the House’s passage of SB 67, Alliance for a Better Utah Policy Director Lauren Simpson said in a statement that the bill’s “true intent” to restrict abortions in the state “was exposed today on the House floor.”

“Instead of treating all fetal tissue equally, this bill allows for different treatment based on whether a woman had a miscarriage or an abortion,” said Simpson.

This article originally appeared in the Daily Herald. You can read it in its entirety here.

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