Senate Committee advances Bacon’s bill
keeping human remains out of landfills
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2016) – A senate panel approved a bill co-authored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that would require fetal remains to be cremated, interred, or both.
House Bill (HB) 1337 establishing a system for proper disposal of fetal remains by facilities that receive the remains – either from miscarriages or abortions – would also make it illegal to transport aborted fetuses into or out of Indiana.
“As lawmakers, we have to confront many tough issues, and this is one of them,” Bacon said. “With this proposal, Hoosiers could find a bit of solace knowing that Indiana’s landfills do not contain human remains.”
As co-author of HB 1337, Bacon this week at the Statehouse joined fellow lawmakers in voicing concerns about a medical waste company in Indiana accepting waste containers with fetal tissue.
“I condemn this company’s actions and call for support of HB 1337, which would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly transport an aborted fetus into or out of Indiana except for the purpose of burial or cremation,” Bacon said.
After passage of this bill by the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services, HB 1337 can now be considered by all members of the Senate.
Rep. Bacon (R-Chandler) represents portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties