Parents who lose unborn baby pre 26 weeks should be given right to proper burial
Foetuses are discarded as medical waste, says NPO Voice of the Unborn Baby.
In 2017 the organisation approached the High Court to declare that certain provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration Act and the Regulations Relating to the Management of Human Remains are unconstitutional.
It argues that parents who lose a child before 26 weeks should be able to receive the bodily remains of their miscarried baby for burial and must be afforded the right to choose what happens to the bodily remains.
Bongani Bingwa speaks to the organisation's founding executive director Sonja Smith and Cause for Justice executive director Ryan Smit for more insights.
Smith says old laws were never bought into line with the Constitution in 1996.
When you lose your baby before 26 weeks, legally the foetus is to be discarded as medical waste.Sonja Smith, Founding executive director - Voice of the Unborn Baby
Smit says the legalities of discarding a miscarried foetus before 26 weeks, doesn't take into account the human element involved.
What we are saying is that we are dealing with human life that has come to an end. There are relationships involved in case of the mother and baby. Whether the baby dies before 26 weeks or after it all happens before birth.Ryan Smit, Executive director - Cause for Justice
He says the reality is that it is a loss of human life.
The question we need to ask is how we dispose of the remains of human life?Ryan Smit, Executive director - Cause for Justice
Listen below to the full conversation:
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