(HARRISBURG) – Legislation written by Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) to allow a parent to request a “Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth” from the Department of Health has unanimously passed in the state Senate.
Senate Bill 387 would provide parents with documentation when a child is stillborn – something Corman said can help families through the grieving and healing process. According to Sen. Corman, at least 20 other states have adopted similar legislation
“This issue was brought to me by a resident of my senatorial district and I am proud that we were able to pass it out of the Senate,” Corman said. “Stillbirths are tragedy for parents, and often they feel no sense of healing or closure because there is no documentation of their child’s birth.”
At the option of the parent the following information can be included on the certificate: the name of the child, the names of the parents and their birth places, the date, and county.
• The issuance of a certificate would not require a coroner or medical examiner to conduct an investigation as required under the laws that govern their powers and responsibilities.
• The cost of the certificate would be the same as the cost for a death certificate.
• Included on the certificate is the statement “This certificate is not proof of live birth”. This has been adopted in several state laws providing for a “Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth” to address concerns regarding the possible use of the certificate for identity theft.
Senate Bill 387 now goes to the state House for consideration.
Sen. Jake Corman, the Majority Policy Chairman, represents the 34th Senatorial District which includes Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry and parts of Union Counties.
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