SB799 - Requires the state registrar to issue a certification of stillbirth - Steelman
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||Requires the state registrar to issue a certification of stillbirth
HCS/SCS/SB 799 - This act establishes the "Disposition of
Fetal Remains Act" and allows the state registrar to issue a
"Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth".
In the event of a spontaneous fetal death, the parents or
the sibling of the stillborn child can file an application with
the State Registrar for a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in
Stillbirth". The information shall be based on information
available from the spontaneous fetal death report filed pursuant
to Section 193.165, RSMo. The certificate shall include the
statement "This is not proof of a live birth" in 12-point type.
The State Registrar may charge a minimal fee for the costs of
providing the certificate. Any parent, or if the parents are
deceased, any sibling of the stillborn child may file an
application for a certificate for any birth that resulted in
stillbirth prior to August 28, 2004.
A new section 194.381 provides that a mother has a right to
determine the final disposition of the fetal remains, regardless
of the duration of a pregnancy. Final disposition of fetal
remains may be by cremation, burial, incineration in an approved
medical waste incinerator, or other means authorized by the
Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services. The
final disposition of fetal remains does not require a religious
service or ceremony.
Within twenty-four hours of a miscarriage, hospitals,
outpatient clinics, and other health care facilities must notify
the mother in writing of her right to determine the final
disposition of the remains of the fetus. Hospitals and other
health care facilities must make counseling available to the
mother concerning the death of the fetus.
The "Disposition of Fetal Remains Act" does not prohibit a
woman's ability to obtain a legal abortion.
This act is identical to SCS/HCS/HB 1136 (2004).