Missouri Bill Regarding the Final Disposition of Fetal Remains (SB 110)
This law was last updated on Aug 30, 2019
SB 110 would require a physician performing or inducing a surgical abortion or a qualified professional to inform the pregnant person at least 72 hours prior to the abortion that they may choose to have the remains of the fetus buried or cremated, at the patient’s expense, following the tissue examination.
Fetal Death Certificate
The bill would require the physician or qualified professional to inform the patient that they have the right to obtain a fetal death certificate.
The bill would require issued death certificates to include a statement indicating the certificate is for personal use only and not proof of a live birth. The certificates, applications for the certificates, and the notifications of death would be considered closed records and would not be transferred to the Missouri State Archives, disclosed for research purposes, or included in any national, state, or local vital statistics systems.
The patient may be charged a fee by the registrar for providing the certificate.
Very similar to HB 147, which failed to pass in 2017.
12/1/18 – Prefiled.
1/9/19 – Introduced; first reading.