Colbeck votes to keep fetal remains out of dumpsters

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate approved legislation Thursday that clarifies procedures for properly disposing of deceased fetuses in Michigan, Sen. Patrick Colbeck said.

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.

“I find it reprehensible that the remains of deceased human babies are simply being thrown out with the trash,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “Every life is a sacred gift, and each should be treated with the same care and respect in death as in life. These bills punish those who do not do so.”

Violators of the proposed laws would face a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for improperly disposing of fetal remains.

The measures stem from a case in 2010 in which human baby remains were found in the dumpster of an abortion clinic in Eaton County. The case is still under investigation, but based on current state law no charges have been brought against the clinic.

The bills passed by a vote of 33-5 and now go to the state House for consideration.