A Pennsylvania bill that requires abortion facilities bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies is on its way to the governor’s desk.
The bill would have abortion facilities bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies from surgical abortions and pay the costs. Mothers would be allowed to decide the location for final disposition and choose between burial and cremation. Exceptions would be allowed for criminal investigations and miscarriages.
State Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon County, said he introduced House Bill 118 in what he thought was a “compassionate gesture” based on his wife’s own experience with a miscarriage.
The bill passed 118-83, but, if approved by the GOP-led Senate, faces a certain veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. A handful of Democrats, mainly from western Pennsylvania, joined with Republicans to pass the bill, while state Rep. Todd Stephens of Montgomery County was the sole Republican to vote against it.