Tennessee lawmakers are pushing for legislation requiring the burial or cremation of aborted baby remains.
Republicans in the state House passed legislation on Wednesday that requires “disposition of aborted fetal remains to be by burial or cremation.”
The bill allows the aborted baby’s mother to determine whether the remains are cremated or buried.
“These unborn children, many of them up to almost full term, deserve the same dignity as any other human being,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Tim Rudd, said.
“To me, it’s the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do, and again it’s not about the abortion. This is post-abortion,” he added, according to WKRN.
Democratic state Rep. London Lamar criticized the bill.
“Women’s reproductive choices should not be up for legislative debate, Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and let women make their own choices without further adding financial and mental and emotional burden on that. It’s a hard decision,” Lamar said.
Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Legislation regarding the disposal of fetal remains gained prominence following the discovery of thousands of aborted babies in the garage of the late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer.
Klopfer ran three Indiana abortion clinics and performed over 30,000 abortions starting in 1974.
A state investigation into Klopfer was detailed in a report released in December 2019.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill held a funeral service for the aborted babies in February 2020.
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