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Fetus Burning Prompts Proposals

February 15, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's Funeral Directors, incensed by a colleague who burned human fetuses like garbage, want new cremation laws, Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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Last week the Kansas City Star reported that a Missouri Funeral home was burning corpses of stillborn babies in garbage bags. Now Funeral Directors are lobbying for a law requiring all human remains be treated with dignity and respect. But Greg Russell, from the Missouri Funeral Director's association, says that dignity doesn't necessarily have to come with a hefty price tag.

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Contents: Russell says most funeral homes, in their professionalism and in their caring for families, provide cremation of infants at no cost...or at minimal cost in consultation with the family.

Russell says he would not, however, support a state law requiring licensed funeral homes to provide free cremation of stillborns.

From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.