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Law to grant stillborns their birth certificates

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The Utah Legislature has approved changing state law to allow birth certificates for stillborn babies.

The House unanimously approved the bill Wednesday morning. The Senate also unanimously signed off on the change last week.

It now goes to the governor to sign into law.

The bill was in result of campaigning by Ginny Shutt of West Valley City, who delivered a stillborn baby girl in 1999.

She has only a death certificate for the baby she named Allison — no birth certificate.

"She's not accounted for," Shutt said. "I want every memento that I have, that shows she's a person. She's one of my kids."

Stansbury Park Democrat Sen. Ron Allen's bill will change state law to allow issuance of a "certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth" for babies of at least 20 weeks gestation.

A handful of states have similar laws.