By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Not long ago, a friend of mine unleashed her anguish on Twitter about the baby she had miscarried. The tweet was emotional and heartfelt—only the hardest of hearts could have been unmoved by her personal pain. It was clear that, when she miscarried, she lost a baby—not a “blob of tissue.”
I was immediately reminded of my friend’s sorrowful experience during a discussion in the Pennsylvania House Health Committee this week. The debate focused on House Bill 1890, a compassionate piece of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon County).
HB 1890 would ensure that the bodies of babies who die through miscarriage or abortion are buried or cremated, thus ensuring a dignified and respectful interment of the babies’ remains.
Pro-abortion Democrat Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-Bucks County) shocked a number of people in the hearing room and who were watching the proceedings on the Internet when she stated, “Not to be…not to be concrete…An early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin.”
Tell that, Representative Ullman, to those women still grieving the loss of a child to miscarriage. They mourn for a real person—not for a “mess.”
Ullman’s unfeeling and deeply disrespectful remarks show the depths to which pro-abortion forces will sink to try to dehumanize a preborn child. Rather than giving the unborn baby the respect she deserves, they refer to her in inhumane and cold-hearted language, reducing her to a mere “problem” which has to be “disposed of.”
HB 1890 is far from radical legislation. Indeed, it’s patterned after a similar measure which was upheld just this past May by the U.S. Supreme Court in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
As Rep. Ryan stated in his co-sponsorship memo, “I have spoken openly about the loss my wife and I suffered when we lost our unborn child. This bill is substantially similar to Indiana legislation which was recently declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court. This creates a stand-alone act which will provide for a respectful interment of these innocent lives which have been lost.”
The fact of the matter is that the bodies of unborn babies, whether lost to miscarriage or abortion, deserve to be treated in a humane way—not like mere medical waste. It does a disservice to not only the babies, but also their parents, when their inherent dignity and value are not recognized.
Pro-abortion forces have denounced the legislation, saying that it will drive up the cost of abortions. As usual, the abortion industry’s focus is on the bottom line—and whether they will price themselves so high that pregnant women will choose an option other than abortion.
The “mess” in the case of this legislation is not the remains of an unborn child—it is the state of affairs created by an abortion industry (and its legislative promoters) determined to dehumanize a preborn baby. And to trivialize the profound trauma that a mother can experience through the loss of that child through miscarriage or abortion.
Editor’s note. You can watch Rep. Ullman’s grotesque remarks.