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Not what it sounded like...

Rep. Judy Boyle introduces legislation to create an optional
Rep. Judy Boyle introduces legislation to create an optional "certificate of early fetal death" for women who miscarry before 20 weeks of gestation. Her measure attracted lots of notice when it was listed on the House State Affairs Committee agenda as being a bill about "early termination of pregnancy," but it wasn't abortion legislation after all. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Judy Boyle's bill this morning - listed on the House State Affairs Committee agenda as being about "early termination of pregnancy" - turned out not to be about abortion after all. Instead, Boyle asked the committee to introduce a measure allowing mothers who miscarry before 20 weeks of gestation to obtain a "certificate of early fetal death" from the state's vital statistics department. "If a mom loses a baby before 20 weeks, there is no piece of paper," she said. "This is completely voluntary. Because it's not a reportable death, it is not part of the public records act. It's a very private thing for her." The optional certificate would cost $13, the same as other official certificates, she said. The committee voted unanimously to introduce the bill, with no discussion.




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