Posted: May 31st, 2016 | By: Maureen Hayden
Professor Tanya Marsh was quoted in the following article, “Abortion law raises new questions about fetal burial,” written by Maureen Hayden and published originally in the Greensburg Daily News on May 31, 2016.
Tanya Marsh, an expert on burial law at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., called the Indiana bill an “outlier” in its treatment of fetal remains.
“It’s the most extensive and comprehensive legislation that I’ve seen,” she said.
She criticized the law as poorly written and conflicting. That may be due, in part, to how it was crafted – combining three abortion-related bills into one, sweeping law in the final days of the legislative session.
One section, for example, appears focused only on miscarriages that happen in a medical setting.
Elsewhere the law appears to apply to all fetuses, requiring a woman who experiences a spontaneous miscarriage at home to turn over the remains to a licensed funeral home director for burial or cremation.
“That’s the problem with this law,” Marsh said. “It tells you things you can’t do, then sets it up in such a vague way, it provides no guidance on how to accomplish those things.”