New Texas law gives parents the rights to their unborn baby's remains

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 at 1:40 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Suzy Emre
Suzy Emre

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas parents are now guaranteed the right to the remains of their deceased unborn children, no matter how small they are, under a law that goes into effect on Sept. 1.

It's a law that Lubbock Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness founder Suzy Emre wishes would have been an option for her when she had her first miscarriage 16 years ago, and then another in 2004.

"You lose a lot of what could've been," she said. "I didn't get a first cry, I didn't get the first steps. I didn't get to send them to high school. I didn't get to do the basic things that every parent gets to have with their child."

Some Texas hospitals would not release the remains of an unborn baby under the age of 20 weeks for legal reasons. However, in the past, both Covenant and UMC have worked with parents in similar situations so they could have a proper burial.

Emre believes that if the hospital would have given her the rights to her babies' bodies, she could have reached closure through a funeral.

"It's like not being able to take your loved one home, not being able to take your grandmother, your mom home once they passed away," she said, "but now, you can take that baby home and you can bury them  and they can have a grave marker, and I think that's very important."

Emre is grateful that the parents she counsels will now have a chance to get some closure and heal from such difficult moment in their lives.

"They are our babies, they just didn't make it home from the hospital," she said, "but they are our babies, and we don't mind talking about it."

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