State Policy Brief: Fetal Dignity Laws

Fetal Dignity Laws

Family Research Council actively recommends and supports fetal dignity laws, which affirm the human dignity of the unborn and protect women’s health and safety via stricter regulation of the abortion industry.

In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood's role in trafficking aborted baby body parts to buy and sell for research purposes. It is clear that harvesting and selling these body parts subsidizes the abortion industry. Furthermore, this industry incentivizes harmful practices such as late-term abortion, altering abortion methods for the sake of preserving the remains for sale, violating patient privacy, and possibly even killing some children born alive in order to harvest their organs.

Between 2015 and 2016, in the wake of the CMP videos' release, the number of states that introduced fetal dignity laws rose by 500 percent (5 to 26 states). Since that time, a total of 48 states have introduced fetal dignity laws. A record-high seven states have already enacted such laws in 2021.

Key Points:

  • Fetal dignity laws help shape a culture that acknowledges the humanity of the unborn and affirms the dignity of each lost life.
  • Planned Parenthood's business of selling the remains of the unborn illustrates their high disregard for the human dignity of the life that was lost.
  • Fetal digity laws require burial/cremation, prohibit sale/profit, and/or prohibit transfer of fetal remains. Some provide for death certificates or tax benefits for the unborn.

Read the PDF Publication