Florida Signs Bill To Issue Miscarriage Certificates By Request
Florida just became the first state to make certificates for miscarriages available and people have mixed reactions. There are several parameters that need to be followed to qualify for the documents according to AP News. You must miscarry between 9 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Oh, and you must give birth in Tallahassee.
Republican Governor Rick Scott signed a bill titled the “Grieving Families Act” Wednesday that will allow the state to start issuing “certificates of nonviable birth” beginning July 1 if parents request them. They would be available to women whose pregnancies end after nine weeks and before 20 weeks of gestation.
So why the sudden distinction to women who have lost children via miscarriage? “At any stage, a parent that loses a child loses a part of themselves,” said Republican Rep. Bob Cortes, the bill sponsor. “I’ve made it clear since Day 1 that this was not intended to be anything other than to give parents an opportunity to obtain a certificate when they lose a child,” Cortes said to the Associate Press.
Interestingly enough, there’s been ZERO demand for such certificates abroad. Sounds like a slippery pro-life slope they’re climbing.