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Wis. Bill Would Require Burial, Cremation or Donation of Fetal Remains

Wis. Bill Would Require Burial, Cremation or Donation of Fetal Remains

June 25, 2013 — A Wisconsin bill (AB 252) would require abortion providers to make arrangements for fetal remains to be buried, cremated or donated to medical research, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The legislation, proposed by State Rep. Garey Bies (R), would apply to abortion procedures after 10 weeks of pregnancy. The woman would not have to consent to the arrangements or be told about them. Providers who do not comply would face a $1,000 fine.

Bies said the bill is modeled after a Michigan law that was enacted after an abortion clinic disposed of fetuses in a trash bin, adding that the legislation "might create a deterrent to people deciding on abortion if they realize we are talking about human beings" (Phillis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/23).