The Tennessee House has approved a measure that would require tissue from abortions to be cremated or buried.
If the measure passes the state Senate, backers say Tennessee would be the 12th state to require mortuary services after an abortion.
Backers describe House Bill 1181/Senate Bill 828 as an attempt to give more dignity to aborted remains. In committee hearings, and before a 69-22 vote on the House floor Monday night, they’ve given often graphic descriptions of fetal remains being thrown out.
State Rep. Robin Smith, R-Hixson, says she came across fetal remains in the morgue while working as a hospital nurse.
“It’s not fetal tissue,” she said. “It’s dismembered children. … We’re going to treat them as they are — the created human that is pre-born.”