SB 175, also known as the Grieving Parents Act, would make changes to state law concerning the disposition of fetal remains, including requiring better information sharing between hospitals and parents as well as greater choice for parents dealing with the unexpected loss of a child.And here he is talking about it. I just don't think I like him.
“The unexpected loss of a pregnancy can be a very difficult, highly-emotional time for expectant parents,” said Coughlin. “SB 175 works to provide a support system for parents so they can begin the healing process, while giving them the information and tools they need to be able to make informed decisions about what to do with the fetal remains.”
Sen. Coughlin noted that according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss. In fact, studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage.
While current Ohio law allows for the burial or cremation of the remains of a fetus that has reached at least 20 weeks of gestation (classified as a stillbirth), there is no such guarantee for women who miscarry prior to 20 weeks (classified as a loss of pregnancy). Also, while hospitals and other health care facilities typically dispose of the fetal remains according to their own policy, there are no standards in Ohio that regulate how or even if a family is informed about the fetal disposition procedures in the hospital or clinic in which they are receiving care.
SB 175 works to remedy this unfortunate disparity by allowing parents, upon request, to seek a death certificate for a miscarried fetus, which would permit them to take possession of the remains and would give them the opportunity to do so before the remains are disposed of according to hospital policy. It would also create uniform standards by which health care providers would be required to inform parents about their right to seek a death certificate, as well as the disposal procedures of each hospital or clinic.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This flew under my radar, but I'm still trying to decide why it bothers me and bites at me so much... any help on why, folks? (From Kevin Coughlin's website here)