On Thursday, the Florida Senate unanimously approved “The Grieving Families Act”, a bill sponsored by Altamonte Springs Bob Cortes that would allow families to receive a non-viable birth certificate for unintentional fetal demise prior from 10 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill is the first of it’s kind in the nation, now heads to the Governor Rick Scott’s desk.
The bill was presented by Jacksonville State Senator Aaron Bean and was swiftly passed with no discussion.
The non-viable birth certificates would be given only in the case of unintentional demise meaning that the termination of a pregnancy through abortion would not apply. The birth certificate is also optional, parents would not be required to obtain one.
The intention of the bill is to give grieving parents that were planning on raising a child to have acknowledgement that they have lost a member of their family.
Cortes credits his wife for bringing the issue to his attention.
“This is the culmination of a year’s hard work trying to come up with the language and getting the bill passed through all of the committees and the Senate.” said Cortes “And keeping this bill away from any potential social issue stuff. This was not a pro life or pro choice bill. This bill was about parents needing something to have to memorialize their children.”