Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Wednesday that will allow the state to start issuing “certificates of nonviable birth” beginning July 1.
Under the Grieving Families Act, the state will issue the certificates only if parents request them.
It would be available to women whose pregnancies end after nine weeks and before 20 weeks of gestation.
After 20 weeks, it’s legally no longer a miscarriage, but a stillbirth, and while the birth certificate may still be requested, a death certificate is required.
Not everyone thinks this is a swell idea:
Florida to start issuing death certificates for miscarriages which is how we sneak to re-criminalizing abortion https://t.co/9DVQJiXETS
— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Hegemommy) June 1, 2017
Were these certificates mandatory, I might raise that eyebrow myself. But they aren’t — at least in the bill as passed and signed. Anything, however, can be amended.