Chapter 026

2007 -- H 5086 AS AMENDED

Enacted 06/11/07

 

A N A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- VITAL RECORDS

          

     Introduced By: Representatives Malik, and Gablinske

     Date Introduced: January 17, 2007

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

     SECTION 1. Chapter 23-3 of the General Laws entitled "Vital Records" is hereby

amended by adding thereto the following section:

 

     23-3-10.2. Certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth -- Filing. (a) The state registrar

of vital records shall establish a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth for fetal deaths, defined

as the naturally occurring intrauterine death of a fetus that occurs after the twentieth (20th) week

of pregnancy. The certificate shall be issued only at the request of either individual listed as

mother or father on the report of fetal death. The certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth shall

meet all of the format requirements for a certificate of live birth as provided for in this chapter. If

the parents of the stillborn child decide not to name the stillborn child, the person preparing a

certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth shall leave blank any references to the stillborn child's

name.

     (b) The certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth shall be filed with the state registrar of

vital records within ten (10) days after the delivery. When a birth resulting in stillbirth occurring

in the state has not been registered within one year after the date of delivery, a certificate marked

"delayed" may be filed and registered in accordance with regulations of the department of health

promulgated pursuant to the provisions of section 23-3-3 relating to evidentiary and other

requirements sufficient to substantiate the alleged facts of birth resulting in stillbirth.

 

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

     

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