Right To Rest In Peace
The Right to Rest in Peace
Im writing to share excellent news about the legislation that I
have been lobbying for in Illinois, on behalf of parents who experience
the death of a baby. Below is a recent article from Mothering Magazine
that summarizes the legislation. I am also including the web site to access
the text of the bill, if you are interested. The State of IL web site
address where the bill is posted is:
Governor George Ryan signed the bill on August 15, 2001.
Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support and prayers. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Representative Skip Saviano, the sponsor of the bill, as well as the National Share Office.
If anyone would like assistance in pursuing similar legislation in your own state, please feel free to contact me. My email address is McGregorBSM@hotmail.com.
Cecelia McGregor, RN, BSN, CCM
The Right to Rest in Peace, By Wendy Ponte
This May, Illinois joined a handful of states with laws proclaiming a
parent's right to bury a miscarried baby. HB0382, a Parent's Right to
Fetal Burial Bill, was initiated by Cecilia McGregor of Minooka, Illinois,
after her own 1998 miscarriage. Defined as a loss prior to 20 weeks gestation,
a miscarried fetus does not receive any kind of funeral rights in a hospital,
unlike stillborn babies. McGregor found this out when her baby lost its
heartbeat at only ten weeks and she had a D & C. After the procedure,
her questions about the disposal of her baby's remains were, at first,
ignored. Finally, she was told
Why has fetal burial become such an important issue for parents?
"Families are bonding earlier with babies . . . Because of that bonding process, many acknowledge this is a baby much earlier," according to Cathi Lammert, the executive director of the National SHARE office, a nonprofit organization that assists families that have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth. She says families that have a ceremony or otherwise respectfully dispose of a fetus are better able to reach closure and move through the grieving process.
Parent's Right to Fetal Burial passed unanimously in both the Illinois Senate and House. "One little baby can make a difference across a state and maybe across a nation," says McGregor of the impact her miscarriage has had on the law.
South Dakota, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Minnesota are among the states that already have variations of this legislation in place. Several other states including Kentucky, Michigan, Colorado, and Missouri are reviewing similar bills.
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