Green votes to keep fetal remains out of dumpsters

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that clarifies procedures for properly disposing of deceased fetuses in Michigan, Sen. Mike Green said.

Senate Bill 25 establishes requirements for the proper disposal of fetal remains. Under SB 54, physicians would be required to inform parents that state law mandates them to authorize the final disposition of their baby.

“It is unconscionable that babies are being thrown in dumpsters like pieces of trash,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Human life is sacred and should be treated as such, and these bills will make sure those who disrespect fetal remains are punished accordingly.”

Violators of the proposed laws would face a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for improperly disposing of fetal remains.

The measures stem from a case in 2010 where human baby remains were found in the dumpster of an abortion clinic in Eaton County. The case is still under investigation, but based on current state law no charges have been brought against the clinic.

The bills passed by a vote of 33-5 and now go to the state House for consideration.