Indiana women denied birth certificates for stillborn babies

Indiana women denied birth certificates for stillborn babies

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - Several women in a northwest Indiana county say they were denied birth certificates for their stillborn babies.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that parents of stillborn babies have been eligible under state law to receive birth certificates following a stillbirth since 2002.

However, multiple women say they were denied the certificates by the Lake County Health Department. Lake County is Indiana's second most-populous county.

Jamie Lukas, who lost her baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy, is among those women. She says she was denied the certificate on two occasions.

Lake County Health Department administrator Nick Doffin says the office can issue birth certificates resulting in stillbirth as long as there's a death certificate on file for the baby. He says the employee who denied the certificates was likely new and unaware of the procedure.

Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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