2020 Legislative Session Week 2
It’s week two of the 2020 Legislative Session!
Here’s what’s going on:
Last week, the Senate Health and Human Services committee passed a substitute version of SB 67, sponsored by Senator Bramble. The bill is now on the Senate’s 2nd reading calendar. It could go before the full Senate for a vote as soon as tomorrow. Contact your senator and ask them to vote no.
There is a lot of misinformation about this bill. The substitute bill was a step in the right direction but still interferes in a deeply personal, often complex, experience. The new bill still requires health care facilities who care for patients experiencing miscarriage or abortion to provide cremation or burial for fetal remains AND prohibits health care facilities from disposing of fetal tissue with other biological waste. The bill also interferes in the patient/doctor relationship by requiring patients to sign a form with their decision for disposal.
As we have said before, there is nothing in current state law that prevents Utahns who experience miscarriage or abortion from burying or cremating fetal tissue. The bill sponsor says this bill is about giving women more choices, but it actually only gives them TWO choices (his choices): burial or cremation. This bill seeks to solve a problem that does not exist. If any improvements need to be made, it is provider awareness — not a flaw in the law.
People experiencing miscarriage or abortion should be able to make medical decisions in accordance with their family, faith, and doctor — not according to politicians misguided interference in the exam room.
At Planned Parenthood, our patients always come first, and we respect all people seeking health care. We ensure the disposal of embryonic and fetal tissue is done safely, respectfully, and according to state law. We talk with patients on a case-by-case basis to answer all of their questions about how fetal tissue is handled.
Contact your senator today. This bill could be voted on as soon as Thursday. Senators need to hear that Utahns do NOT want this bill. If you have been impacted by miscarriage or abortion and would feel comfortable sharing that experience with your senator, please do.
Remember, Utah law already allows for fetal tissue to be buried or cremated. This bill is an unnecessary intrusion into a private and personal experience. All Utahns should be able to make personal medical decisions without political interference.
To follow all the bills we are tracking this year, check out our 2020 Bill Tracker. We will be updating it regularly.