New York Begins Issuing ‘Stillbirth Certificates’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After years of effort by grieving parents, New York is beginning to issue “certificates of stillbirth.”

The certificates had long been tied up in heated debates over the legal definitions of a fetus and a child. But opposition by abortion rights groups ended when the name of the document was changed from “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth.”

Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried says the measure taking effect Wednesday is intended to provide comfort, dignity and a document to families.

The most recent state data show there were 1,711 stillbirths in 2009. Stillbirth is a spontaneous death after 20 weeks gestation.

Families can also get the $30 certificate retroactively.

The law’s sponsors, Republican Sen. William Larkin and Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, say 28 other states offer the certificate.

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  • Arakiba

    You just know the kkkonservatives are going to be checking these “Stillbirth” certificates, trying to figure out if a woman might have terminated her pregnancy!

    • Matt

      And Democrats will be registering them as voters!

  • Eddie

    As the parent of a stillborn son (35 weeks gestation), this does offer a glimmer of solace. All too often, while we parents of stillborn children think about and mourn their loss……..our extended families often forget about them. Perhaps this certificate will give some validation to some who need it.

    • Bob

      What solace? Congratulations, you’re wife is inadequate and unfit to bear a child? Enjoy your coupon, reminding you of your failure to select a healthy mate.

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