Republican lawmakers in Utah voted this week to require the burial or cremation of fetal remains following an abortion or miscarriage, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, a sponsor of the bill, said its purpose is to treat fetal remains with dignity, because unborn children deserve the same respect as every human being.
“If you believe that an unborn child is a human being,” Bramble said, “then when that life is terminated, dealing with the remains is important.”
He also lashed out at critics of the bill, who he said will not acknowledge the humanity of the unborn: “The left refuses to admit that that’s a child.”
Lauren Simpson, policy director for the left-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah, said in a statement that it is clear that Bramble and those who support the legislation are working to restrict abortion access for women in the state, as well as to push the notion that life begins at conception under Utah law.
“We want all women to be empowered to make whatever choice is best for them following a pregnancy loss and do whatever will help them best process that experience,” Simpson’s statement said. "But we reject this effort to co-opt those sensitive experiences to further some politicians’ political agenda.”
The Tribune reported that an additional Senate vote is required before the bill moves to the House, but senators voted in favor of the legislation 21-6 on Monday.