Unbelievable! Lawmakers pass bill that allows birth certificates for miscarriages
Lawmakers have passed a bill that will now allow a pregnant woman who suffers a miscarriage to obtain a birth certificate for the foetus.
The certificates would be available to women whose pregnancies end after nine weeks (two months and one week) and before 20 weeks (five months).
The first of its kind, the bill is named ‘The Grieving Families Act.’
The bill, which has also been signed into law by the governor, will allow the state to start issuing “certificates of nonviable birth” if parents request them.
Lawmakers in the State of Florida in the United States had argued that the certificates would be available to women whose pregnancies end after nine weeks and before 20 weeks.
In Florida, after 20 weeks, pregnancies that end in miscarriage are considered stillbirths and a death certificate is issued. It’s also the case in many other American states.
With this new law, however, Florida parents of stillborn children can also now request a birth certificate if they want.
Associated Press reports that the bill received support from Democrats and Republicans, as it passed unanimously in the state Senate and only had one “No” vote in the House of Representatives.Punch