Corman Bill Providing Birth Certificates in Cases of Stillbirth Set to Become Law

HARRISBURG –The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) to allow a parent to request a “Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth” from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“This issue was brought to me by a resident of my senatorial district and I am proud that we were able to pass this bill out of the General Assembly,” Sen. Corman said.  “Stillbirths are a tragedy for parents, and often times they feel no sense of closure or healing because there is no documentation of their child’s birth.”

Senate Bill 326 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 28 other states have adopted similar legislation.

At the option of the parent, the name of the child, names of the parents and birth place can be included on the certificate.  The cost of a certificate would be covered by the parent and would be the same as a death certificate.

The Governor is expected to sign this legislation, which will take effect in 60 days.

Scott Sikorski