When a Baby Is "Medical Waste"

Colorado state lawmaker Mark Cloer and his wife twice lost a child during pregnancy, and on each occasion desired to give a fitting burial to the dead child. Neither time were they successful. "I was told by one hospital that it (the fetus) was ‘medical waste'; another one . . . told (me) it was ‘hazardous' or ‘infectious' waste," Cloer said.

Now he has introduced a bill into the state House of Representatives that would prevent a repetition of that situation by defining dead fetuses as "corpses." "It is an issue of grieving and a dignity-in-death issue, and that's what it is really all about."