|House bill would allow parents who miscarry to apply for certificate|
State Representatives Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green and Myron Dossett of Pembroke are co-sponsoring a bill aimed at giving parents who lose a baby to miscarriage a concrete way to remember.
House Bill 210 is currently in the House Health and Welfare Committee and would allow parents who miscarry to apply for a certificate of early fetal death if the loss comes before 20 weeks gestation.
The parents would be charged a reasonable fee and the document would not be kept as a matter of record with the state, but supporters believe it would be a positive alternative to the current policy of not offering anything.
Representative DeCesare says allowing parents who have lost a child through miscarriage to honor their life is the least legislators can do.
A similar law recently passed in Ohio and Representative Dossett says he’s received a lot of positive response to the proposal in Kentucky from all parts of the commonwealth.
Supporters have been careful to keep the issue separate from any abortion debates, as they say this legislation is only meant to comfort parents who are grieving a miscarriage.