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WASHINGTON–A bill that would ensure abortion providers treat fetal remains with respect rather than as medical waste should be unanimously passed, says Senator Mike Braun.

“If we can’t agree to ban abortions after fetuses can feel pain or to guarantee care for babies born alive after botched abortions, we should at least agree that fetal remains deserve to be treated with respect,” Braun said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

It’s called the Dignity for Aborted Children Act.

“It builds on Indiana’s success and provides guidelines for handling fetal remains and penalties for failing to protect the sanctity of human life. It would require abortion providers to dispose of the remains of unborn children just as any other human remains or release the remains to the family should the family choose to receive them,” Braun said.

Braun does not want a repeat of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s “grotesque collection” of fetal remains that were found at his home in September 2019. He also cited a Minnesota hospital throwing out the body of a stillborn child with their dirty laundry in 2015.

“This bill does not tell anyone what to do with their body. At the very least, we should be able to treat the remains of unborn children with the reverence befitting a human life,” Braun said.

The motion to have it unanimously passed was blocked by Senate Democrats. The Senate is reviewing the bill now.