Stillborn Birth Certificate Bill Delivered to the Governor

September 13, 2011

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) said today the Stillborn Birth Certificate bill was delivered to the Governor. He urged the Governor to sign this important legislation quickly.

The bill enables parents of stillborn children to receive a stillbirth certificate. Parents are currently only issued a fetal death certificate in these cases in New York. This bill would require registrars of vital statistics to issue a certificate of stillbirth when requested by the family. It would allow parents to record a name on the certificate.

Barclay is a sponsor of this legislation.

“I am pleased the bill has been delivered to the Governor. This means, for families who experience a tragic event like this in the future, they can at the very least record the name of their child on a public form. This seems the least our Health Departments can do for grieving families,” said Barclay.

This will help provide closure to many who have suffered such a loss. Families have lobbied for this in the past. Barclay said he is happy that this bill was finally sent to the Governor and he urges him to sign this into law.

“I’ve heard from several constituents who feel strongly that this would help ease pain and help in their healing process,” said Barclay.