MISSing Angels Bill Passes
Huge congratulations to long-time MISS Foundation member, Lynne Barberian, mother of Rachel, for her efforts in helping to pass the MISSing Angels Bill in Massachusetts! Yes, in July 2002, Massachusetts became the 4th state to change its law!
The MISSing Angels Bill, sponsored by Senator Shannon and Rep. Bradley, finally passed the legislature after two long years of lobbying. Massachusetts families are awaiting the governor's signature for a final ceremony to celebrate!
This bill requires the state of Massachusetts to offer a Certificate of Birth resulting in Stillbirth to all women experiencing the death of their child during or just prior to birth. Current law mandates a death certificate, however, Arizona was the first state to also require the birth certificate by passing the MISSing Angels bill with a unanimous senate vote in 2001. Utah and Indiana have also passed similar legislation.