Bill Creating Certificate in Stillbirth Passes Pennsylvania Senate
May 25, 2011
The state Senate has unanimously passed legislation that allows parents to request a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth" from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Senate Bill 326 would provide parents with documentation when a child is stillborn, according to Sen. Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, who sponsored the measure.
"Stillbirths are a tragedy for parents, and often times they feel no sense of healing or closure because there is no documentation of their child's birth," Corman said in a news release.
Parents would have the option of having the name of the child, the names of the parents and birthplace included on the certificate. The cost would be covered by the parent and would be the same as a death certificate.
Corman said at least 20 other states have adopted similar legislation.
The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives for consideration.
Stillbirth Legislation Passes in NY Senate
May 17, 2011
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he is sponsoring, Senate bill S.3111, which would allow for the New York State Department of Health to issue a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."
"This legislation recognizes the ordeal which parents go through during this difficult experience," said Larkin. "It is a way for them to acknowledge the baby and the event that occurred at a formal level. They may even include the stillborn child's name on the certificate if they so desire," said Larkin.
There are currently fifteen other states that have already adopted similar legislation. This new certificate would be in addition to the "Birth Certificate", "Death Certificate" and "Fetal Death Certificate" that are currently issued by the New York State Department of Health.
The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration.
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