LANSING — Legislation to revise the way abortion clinics dispose of baby remains was approved by the Michigan Senate Thursday, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.
“Babies should not be tossed out with the trash,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Every human life is sacred. I am appalled that some people are callous enough to throw a baby into a dumpster like they are medical waste.”
Senate Bill 25 establishes requirements for the proper disposal of fetal remains. Under SB 54, physicians would be required to inform parents that state law mandates them to authorize the final disposition of their baby.
Violators of the proposed laws would face a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for improperly disposing of fetal remains.
Jones sponsored both bills after the remains of 17 babies were found in the dumpster of an abortion clinic in Delta Township. The incident has been under investigation by the proper authorities. Based on current state law, however, no charges have been brought against the clinic.
“Throwing babies into dumpsters shows a total lack of respect for human life,” Jones said. “Anyone who does so should be punished and that’s just what my bills will do.”
SBs 25 and 54 now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.