Senate Bill 1003 has been signed into law by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano!
The MISS Foundation has been working hard on SB1003, and we are now proud to announce the passage of this bill into Arizona state law!
This new law, for the first time in any state, allows for a one-time tax deduction for parents who experience the stillbirth of a child during the same year in which the child was born and died. This is a financial relief, particularly for many low-income families suffering the death of a baby.
As many of you know, Arizona was the first state to enact the MISSing Angels Bill, leading the way for many other states that would follow, requiring that hospitals offer and the state vital records office provide a birth certificate (in addition to the death certificate) for stillborn infants. Arizona has, once again, stepped forward in its recognition and support of stillbirth families.
Special gratitude to Arizona legislators and to the Sanchez-Wilson family for sharing their story and appearing with Joanne Cacciatore at hearings to testify. If you'd like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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