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Tennessee Senate passes bill requiring fetal remains to be buried, cremated

The bill will now head to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.
House Bill 1181, previously passed in the House and passed in the Senate Wednesday with a 27 to...
House Bill 1181, previously passed in the House and passed in the Senate Wednesday with a 27 to 6 vote.(WCJB File)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 2:51 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Senate passed a bill that would require aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated on Wednesday.

House Bill 1181, previously passed in the House and passed in the Senate Wednesday with a 27 to 6 vote.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd states certain medical providers must dispose of fetal remains from surgical abortions by cremation or burial and cover the costs of the disposal. The legislation states that the pregnant woman “has a right to determine” the method and location for the final disposal of the fetal remains if desired.

“To have additional trauma related to being required to have this type of service is just cruel,” said Senate Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Raumesh Akbari. “I wish that instead of that, we would conform to what hospitals are already doing.”

Indiana was among the first states to pass a fetal-remains law in 2016.

The bill will now head to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.

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