What dignity unborn babies are not provided in life, Utah state lawmakers hope to provide them in death through a new bill requiring the proper burial of aborted babies.
KUTV reports Utah Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, recently introduced a bill requiring medical and abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted and miscarried babies. State Senate Bill 67 also would require these facilities to give women information about the disposal of their baby and notify her of her right to determine her baby’s final disposition.
“I would hope it makes a person choosing to have an abortion reflect on that they’re disposing of a human being, that this is not just medical waste,” Bramble said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “These are human beings. A child in the womb is still a child and those remains should be treated with dignity.”
Bramble’s bill is similar to Indiana legislation that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in 2019. The court ruled that requiring a proper burial for aborted babies is not an undue burden on women’s access to abortion.
The Pennsylvania House approved a similar bill in 2019, but pro-abortion Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to veto it. The bill drew national attention after state Rep. Wendy Ullman, a pro-abortion Democrat who opposed the legislation, described a miscarried baby as “just some mess on a napkin.”
Texas leaders are fighting to defend a similar burial law in court in their state.
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At the federal level, U.S. Sen. Mike Braun also recently introduced the Dignity for Aborted Children Act, which would require abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies.
States are very limited in their ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade. The infamous ruling made America one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Since it was handed down in 1973, more than 61 million babies have been aborted.
While states fight to pass pro-life laws and defend them in court, these burial/cremation requirements at least provide dignity to aborted babies after their deaths. Such legislation also helps to ensure that abortion facilities are not profiting off the sales of aborted baby body parts. Additionally, it can help prevent situations like the recent gruesome discoveries in Indiana. Last fall, authorities found the remains of more than 2,400 unborn babies stored in the garage of the late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer.