- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pennsylvania state Rep. Wendy Ullman is getting slammed by conservatives after she dismissed early miscarriages as “just some mess on a napkin” during a hearing Tuesday.

A proposed bill making its way through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would require some medical facilities to cremate or bury the fetal remains that result from a miscarriage or an abortion, regardless of gestational age.

Arguing against the bill during a House Health Committee meeting on Tuesday, Ms. Ullman claimed that miscarriages in the early stages of pregnancy shouldn’t have to be cremated or interred.

“[House Bill 1890] refers specifically to the product of conception after fertilization, which covers an awful lot of territory,” she said. “I think we all understand the concept of the loss of a fetus, but we’re also talking about a woman who comes into a facility and is having cramps and — not to be, not to be, concrete — an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin.”

The comments, first reported by The Daily Wire, sparked outrage among pro-life conservatives on Twitter. Many women responded by posting their personal struggles with miscarriages.

The Pennsylvania Family Institute’s Tom Shaheen responded to Ms. Ullman’s comments with a statement declaring that every human life “deserves respect.”

“A miscarriage, no matter how early, does not result in a ‘mess on a napkin’ but the loss of a child,” he said, The Daily Wire reported. “Each human life deserves respect, even when lost at an early stage in development.”

“The remains of human beings should be treated better than medical waste,” he said. “Rep. Frank Ryan’s bill is a compassionate effort to help offer some closure to many mothers and families in Pennsylvania.”

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