Because abortion isn't traumatic enough, Tim Rudd helps pass the 'Unborn Child Dignity Act'

Apr 22, 2021 at 07:00 am by Voice Wire

Tennessee's Capitol Building

State Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, and State Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, successfully guided passage of the Unborn Child Dignity Act through both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly this week in Nashville.

The bill, HB1181/SB828, requires the burial or cremation for a surgically aborted child. 

“This legislation does not limit or restrict an abortion or access to an abortion,” Rudd said. “The legislation ensures that a surgically aborted child’s body is treated with the same respect as any other human being. It requires the body receive a burial or be cremated. Currently, Tennessee law grants guidelines for the disposal of pets and animals, but gives no such dignity to aborted children.”

The legislation is based on a similar Indiana law that survived a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2019. The U.S. Supreme Court recognized that states have a legitimate interest in the proper disposition of human fetal remains. The court ruled the law did not impose a burden or interfere with an abortion choice.

“These are the remains of human beings, and I am very pleased that the Tennessee General Assembly has voted to see that they are treated as such,” Bowling said. “I agree with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion upholding the Indiana law requiring the dignified disposition of human remains when he said, ‘I would have thought it could go without saying that nothing in the U.S. Constitution or any decision of this court prevents a state from requiring abortion facilities to prove for the respectful treatment of human remains.’” 

Once the bill becomes law, it would be the responsibility of the abortion facility or mother to provide a burial or cremation.

Approximately 862,000 abortions are reported each year in the United States. Nearly 11,000 abortions were performed in Tennessee in 2020. Currently, 11 states require burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains.

The bill now heads to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for his signature. Once signed, HB1181/SB828 would become law July 1.

 



Comments

Yhere's nothing like majoring on the minor - or revving up a solution in search of a problem - especially while TN ranks at the bottom in health care and education amongst the 50 U.S. states
Who would have ever thought that our nation would become so evil as to legalize abortion on demand in 1973? To allow a healthy mother to kill her unborn child is the opposite of healthcare, right Mr. Cates?
If you don't want to bury your CHILD, don't have one. Rather simple, even a lib should be able to figure it out.
The "opposite of health care", Tim is republican legislators and a governor who want babies to be born, but refuse to provide the necessary health care to see that they can live a healthy life, from birth. And now they will require a female ( remember that they are mostly male and white and middle-aged or older) to pay for the burial of an aborted fetus, be that from rape, incest or whatever. Yes, TN is really dealing with everyday problems in our state!!!
And "even" an anonymous poster ( with whom I usually do not interact) "should be able to " understand that a victim of rape or incest should not be responsible for burying the fetus that results. from those interactions!
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