Legislation requires fetal remains to be cremated

Capital News Service
LANSING—Legislation that recently passed the Senate and is now in a House committee aims to prevent aborted fetuses from winding up in dumpsters. Women’s health advocates say the bill is unneeded because medical facilities already must incinerate all human tissue. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, would penalize abortion clinics and doctors who do not cremate fetal remains. Jones began working on the bill after 17 fetuses were discovered by an anti-abortion activist in a dumpster behind a Lansing area abortion clinic in April of last year. News reports claimed that the attorney general’s investigation ended in October of that year and found that no health code had been violated by the clinic.