Missouri Bill Regarding Fetal Remains (HB 2070)
This law was last updated on Jun 28, 2016
HB 2070 would amend Missouri state law regarding the final disposition of fetal remains to change the definition of “remains of a human fetus” to include tissue obtained from an abortion.
Under current law, “remains of a human fetus” are defined as:
the fetal remains or fetal products of conception of a mother after a miscarriage, regardless of the gestational age or whether the remains have been obtained by spontaneous or accidental means.
The new definition would now also include the following:
fetal remains…of the dead offspring of a human being that has reached a stage of development so that there are cartilaginous structures or fetal or skeletal parts after an abortion or miscarriage, whether the remains have been obtained by induced, spontaneous, or accidental means.
Three other bills (HB 2068, HB 2069, and HB 2071) related to fetal tissue were introduced by Rep. Diane Franklin in response to the heavily edited and discredited videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress in the summer of 2015.