The Tennessee Legislature sent to Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s desk a bill that would require some medical providers to cremate or bury remains from surgical abortions.
According to the Associated Press:
The proposal that received final legislative approval Wednesday in the GOP-supermajority Senate has sparked criticism among reproductive rights advocates, who argue such measures are unnecessary and would stigmatize a legally available procedure.
Supporters counter of the bill argue that it will protect human dignity. According to the bill, medical providers must dispose of fetal remains from surgical abortions by cremation or burial and cover the costs.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld a similar Indiana law. At least 10 other states have enacted similar requirements, though legal challenges persist.
If Gov. Lee signs the new fetal remains law, aborted babies’ bodies’ sanctity will be upheld in the state of Tennessee, another pro-life win in the state.
According to Americans United for Life, Tennessee is the 13th most pro-life state in the nation.