By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
For parents, the loss of a child through miscarriage can be one of the most painful experiences in life.
But that searing pain can be exponentially multiplied, when parents do not know what’s become of their little loved one’s remains.
That real-life horror story happened to Pennsylvania lawmaker Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon County). As a result, he has introduced a bill that would ensure that the remains of babies lost to miscarriage or abortion are respectfully interred, either through burial or cremation.
As Ryan told a PA television news station, ABC 27, “We lost our child, and then I lost his remains.”
Back in 1978, Ryan and his wife lost their first baby, Eddie, to miscarriage. In a matter of hours, Ryan attempted to claim the remains, but they were not available.
Ryan was told that the baby was “medical waste.” Not true, Ryan said. That “waste” was his beloved child.
Ryan’s legislation, House Bill 1890, would ensure that hospitals allow patients the choice of receiving a baby’s remains.
As Ryan told ABC 27, “It’s strictly voluntary. Some of the initial reports came out and said that it wasn’t and it was (mandating) a funeral, which was pure nonsense. That would be cruel.”
While the abortion giant Planned Parenthood dismisses Ryan’s bill as harassment and abortion-shaming, a number of parents whose unborn babies have died have contacted Ryan, expressing their unqualified support for the bill.
House Bill 1890 is expected to be voted on by the full PA House later this month. Meanwhile, a number of mothers who have experienced miscarriage are calling for the resignation of a state lawmaker opposed to the bill.
The women are outraged by Rep. Wendy Ullman’s (D-Bucks County) contention that a miscarriage is a “mess on a napkin.” UIlman made the statement during a House Health Committee hearing on HB 1890.
Ullman later apologized for the offensive remark. She remains opposed to the bill.