Certificate of Still Birth Law

Sample Letter to send to your Representatives

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Contact them now. Click on the link above. Ask them to support the Certificate of Still Birth Bill. Your representatives need to hear from you. They want to hear from you on this issue.

[SAMPLE LETTER]

Name of Representative                                                                       Legislative Office Building                                                                              Albany, NY 12248

Re: Certificate of Still Birth Bill [SUPPORT]

Dear _____:

I am writing to ask for your support of the Certificate of Still Birth Bill. This legislation would allow parents whose children are stillbornthe option to receive a Certificate of Still Birth to acknowledge the birth process.

Your support of this legislation will send a message of hope and compassion to bereaved parents who suffer the devastation of a stillbirth.

[Include personal story, if you choose to]

Nearly 30,000 babies are stillborn in the US every year, making it the leading cause of infant death. In half of all cases there is no medically discernible reason, causing many to liken it to an intrauterine SIDS. In fact, stillbirth kills more than tens times as many babies as SIDS every year.

Approximately 1,700 babies are stillborn in New York State annually, and for every stillborn a minimum of 10-20 people are affected. Thus, this issue impacts 20,000 - 50,000 individuals every year in New York State.

These certificates will bring much needed attention to this issue and may be instrumental in uncovering stillbirth's mysteries, thereby saving precious lives. You have the opportunity to enact legislation that has the potential to save lives and has zero cost implications.

Your community trust you to represent it. I urge your enthusiastic support of the Certificate of Still Birth bill and will be following it closely.

Respectfully,

NAME

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