Parent can choose fate of miscarried fetal remains

File photo.
File photo.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Parents of miscarried fetuses in Indiana health care facilities soon will be able to choose what to do with the remains.

Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday signed a bill into law that would give parents the ability to pick what happens to the fetus, including cremation, regardless of its age.

Parents are required to pay for any unusual requests.

The legislation also requires health care providers to inform the parents of a miscarried fetus of their options regarding the remains within 24 hours and to provide information about counseling services to help deal with the miscarriage.

The bill goes into effect in October.

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