State-Mandated Mourning for Aborted Fetuses

May 15, 2016

By Emma Green

Here’s what will happen after a woman gets an abortion in the state of Indiana, starting this July. She will be told, verbally and in writing, that she has the right to choose what she does with her aborted fetus. She will be given a list of her options for disposal, and offered counseling. The fetus does not have to be named, but it will receive its own burial-transit form, just like any dead body. This form will travel with it to a funeral home, where it will be buried or cremated. There won’t necessarily be a ceremony; the fetus may not get its own headstone or urn. But it will be laid to rest in the way of a human. Aborted fetuses in Indiana, nearly all smaller than a peapod, will no longer be treated as medical waste.

This is what the state’s legislature decided back in March. It passed a wide-ranging bill, making it a criminal offense to dispose of fetal remains in any other way besides burial or cremation, including in cases of abortions, miscarriages, and stillbirths.

Which raises a question: Why would a state create a mourning ritual for no one?


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20 comments on “State-Mandated Mourning for Aborted Fetuses

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    Pinball1970 says:

    Madness, a funeral for a mass of cells with less differentiation than the liver and onions I had for my lunch.

    They will be looking at tampons and used condoms next.

    I can feel a Monty python song coming on



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  • Reflecting on this story, I’m reminded of at least three natural abortions (miscarriages) and one abortion (surgical) in my own family.

    Psychologically aborted pregnancies can have a significant effect on the parents, particularly the Pregnant Woman, and others. It is perfectly natural to mourn the loss of a late-aborted fetus. For what I hope are obvious reasons; the later the abortion the greater the effect.

    If the legislators had included a single step procedure – where those involved were asked to opt for a funeral or not – then this law would make sense to me. Indeed I would regard it as humanitarian.

    The context suggests that the real agenda is legislators attempting to price abortion service providers out, controlling women and to lay some extra social guilt on women taking the initiative in their own lives with regard to their own bodies.

    The fact that those legislators thought, even for a moment, that they will change people’s minds about how they perceive abortion by laying guilt on them only shows just how bad these people are.

    I’m guessing the election just can’t come soon enough for some women.

    Peace.



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  • I hope women will send their tampons and sanitary pads to the Governor of Indiana and to the legislators who signed this bizarre bill into law because these need to be analyzed for microscopic blastula and embryos (babies) who have been swept out into the cruel world before their time by the nasty mean bastard known as God. Seriously, why couldn’t he let the little darlings grab hold onto those warm and cozy endometrial uterine linings? When will God stop being such an asshole?! I know, I know…he’s never going to change, is he…

    I just want to reassure everyone that a well crafted elegant, commodious American casket will hold many thousands of used tampons. These caskets cost approximately $3000.00 dollars. We can get much more exquisite ones for many more thousands of dollars too! The funeral will cost $10,000 dollars and I know this because I just had to arrange for one for a real actual person who had lived a real actual life. The price of the cemetery plot is unknown to me as it had been purchased years in advance. Yes indeed! We have to pay for those little pieces of land! And don’t think we will accept a plot that is in any way undesirable like having a slope to it or being located on the lonely periphery of the cemetery or near people who are not up to our standards. I have included the figures for the benefit of the non-Americans so they will have a good idea what the embryo murderers will be facing.

    Not that funeral directors are complaining about the law. “We strongly believe that mankind needs to remember and memorialize our dead,” Rostad said. “If the state comes along and makes it imperative that fetal remains of under 20 weeks receive that same treatment, that’s a decision that society makes. We’re simply there to carry that out.”

    Oh that’s so nice of them! ALTRUISM to the tune of more than ten thousand dollars.



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  • Women who miscarry a wanted fetus do mourn for the lost future the fetus represented, and it’s already acceptable and legal for women and their families to memorialize the fetus in whatever way helps with the grief, but it’s ridiculous to make laws forcing them to do so. Of course this law is aimed at guilting women who abort deliberately, making them out to be murderers by giving a blastocyst or ZEF the importance and legal standing of a living human being. It’s just absurd and ridiculous and surreal. What’s next – burying tampons and anything with semen on it? Funerals for amputated limbs?

    These assholes haven’t yet found a way to overturn Roe v. Wade directly, so they just chip away at it with ridiculous bullshit like this, making it more and more inaccessible until it might as well be completely illegal again.



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  • I agree with all the other commenters.

    No peace with these assholes seems possible. We might end up having another civil war over this infernal issue and others. It never ends. The abortion rights people are like creationists, cut from the same cloth. They are simply the scum of the earth, and filled with volcanic, infinite rage. They are the ones serving “The Devil”, if you ask me.

    How disgusting. Their governor, Pence, is a Republican. Big surprise. He’s against gay rights too, and is against spending. Big surprise. And he thinks that the “deterioration of marriage” has caused all our problems. He’s a staunch conservative, pro guns (of course), pro military (of course), “tough” on immigration, pro Christian values, pro big-business… The list goes on; everything you’d expect. What a pile of shit.



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  • LaurieB #6
    May 16, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I hope women will send their tampons and sanitary pads to the Governor of Indiana and to the legislators who signed this bizarre bill into law because these need to be analyzed for microscopic blastula and embryos (babies) who have been swept out into the cruel world before their time by the nasty mean bastard known as God.

    That thought also crossed my mind! If they want to make it illegal to treat this as medical waste, it is a problem of their making, so it would seem reasonable to pass it to them to take responsibility for their decisions!

    After all! about 70% of fertilised eggs naturally abort, so this is a matter of considerable numbers!

    Still! If the “devout” taxpayers of Indiana are happy to pay for the ceremonial burying of tampons, let their silly politicians spend their money as they wish until the penny drops with the voters, the state is pilloried as a laughing stock, and replacement candidates are elected.

    OP – Why would a state create a mourning ritual for no one?

    Delusional indoctrinated dogmatic ignorance would seem most the likely explanation!



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  • Isn’t ALL medical waste burned/cremated anyway? If the church wants to take on the cost then so be it but not the tax payers in all.

    I was going to mention sexual equality and tissues but maybe that’s not tasteful!!!!!



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  • I am going to start calling out from work for funerals of dead children.

    “Sorry sir, I need funeral leave again…. me and the wife have lost close to 12 children this year, my daughter has lost 12, my sister…. you guessed it….. 12…..”

    So, at 5 days for each dead family member, this could be my ticket for 36×5= 180 days off this year. Teachers work 188. So, I have to work 8 days this year???? Awesome, I LOVE this bill!



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  • I am really having difficulty with the religious mind set. If you find abortion abhorrent , if you are female, don’t have one, or if you are male don’t have unprotected sex with women who don’t want children. Solved.

    What you cannot do is try and enforce your world view on more rational humans. Same goes for homosexuality, transgender etc.

    Just grow up , please. Oh , and they are going to need some teeny tiny coffins.



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  • Update:

    I am sitting in front of the TV right now, and just heard that a bill that would make it a felony for a doctor, in the state of Oklahoma, to perform an abortion (except to save the life of the mother) is on its way to Republican Governor Mary Fallin’s desk.



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  • Dan #15
    May 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

    just heard that a bill that would make it a felony for a doctor, in the state of Oklahoma, to perform an abortion (except to save the life of the mother) is on its way to Republican Governor Mary Fallin’s desk.

    Presumably this will include other persons and medical staff, which brings us to the question, “Will the state prosecute the representatives of the (3 person) god of these legislators, as HE is the biggest abortionist around (if they believe HE controls nature!)

    Perhaps someone should bring a private “class action” prosecution if this legislation passes into law!

    I am reminded of this film starring Billy Connolly!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Sued_God



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  • Dan #15
    May 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I am sitting in front of the TV right now, and just heard that a bill that would make it a felony for a doctor, in the state of Oklahoma, to perform an abortion (except to save the life of the mother) is on its way to Republican Governor Mary Fallin’s desk.

    It looks like this will fail – but for the wrong reasons!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36348728

    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would make abortion a criminal offence in the US state.

    Although she opposes abortion, she said the measure was vague and would not withstand a legal challenge.

    The state senate on Thursday backed the bill that would have punished doctors who terminate a pregnancy with up to three years in prison. They would also be barred from practising medicine.

    To override the veto, lawmakers require a two-thirds majority in each chamber.

    Abortion is legal in the US, and abortion rights activists have already described the bill as unconstitutional.

    Two abortion clinics remain open in Oklahoma after the state recently enacted a number of new regulations affecting the facilities.



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  • It seems that Oklahoma is not the only place where non-viable foetuses are ceremonially buried!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36376079

    A 15-year-old Malaysian boy has had the parasitic foetus of his twin removed from his stomach, Malaysia’s Bernama state news agency reports.

    The boy had lived with the twin in his stomach his whole life, but went to hospital after complaining of pain.

    His mother told Bernama the foetus “was formed with organs like those of a baby”.

    It is believed to be the first reported case of the condition, known medically as “fetus in fetu”, in Malaysia.

    The boy’s mother, 38, said funeral rites had been performed on the foetus and it was buried after at a local cemetery.

    Reports said the foetus had legs, hands and genitals.

    “Only the nose and mouth were not complete,” she said, saying she had accepted his fate.

    The teenager had been admitted to a local district hospital before being referred to the Sultan Abdul Hamid Hospital in Kedah for the operation to remove the twin.



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  • Turning innocent people into criminals if they don’t comply with yet another new law. Why don;t they spend the time and effort catching the real criminals. I wonder if this applies to teratomas. It just boggles the mind.



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