One of the items in Mikes’ Blog Round-Up at Crooks and Liars is about new abortion restrictions in Pennsylvania that would require women to complete a form to report any miscarriages.
This article in the Go Erie newspaper goes deeper, but this passage in particular got my attention (emphasis mine):
Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon County, introduced the bill on burial options because of his own experience after losing a child, a story he has shared previously.
He said he was “asking the ladies in the room” to “recognize how men feel.”
He said his bill is optional and gives families a chance at closure after losing a baby, he said.
“This is about giving choice to those people whose faith says that life begins at conception,” Ryan said.
Frankel argued that Ryan’s bill mandates cremation or burial and does not make it optional after abortion or miscarriage. To get a burial, a death certificate would also be required for abortions and miscarriages.
And there you have it: the miscarriage must have a death certificate and it must have some sort of burial… service.