Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Hospital Licensing Act and the Vital Records Act.
Provides that a hospital having custody of a fetus following a fetal
death occurring after a gestation period of less than 20 weeks must
notify the mother (and the father, if the father's whereabouts are
known to the hospital) of that parent's right to arrange for the
burial or cremation of the fetus. Provides that if a parent, within 24
hours after being notified, elects in writing to arrange for the
burial or cremation of the fetus, the disposition of the fetus shall
be subject to the same laws and rules that apply in the case of a
fetal death occurring after a gestation period of 20 weeks or more.
Provides that the Department of Public Health shall develop forms for
use under the new provisions and that hospitals shall provide the
forms to parents.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: JAN-07-2003
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 0
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