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Mullane: Rep. Frank Ryan on his motives to regulate disposal of fetal remains

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“It’s like no one thinks you should mourn, and that’s what you do after miscarriage, alone. You go from the euphoria of you’re going to be parents, to the depths of mourning,” said Rep. Frank Ryan.

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Frank Ryan was 27 years old in 1978 when his wife, Sherrie, suffered the first of three miscarriages.

“My wife went into pseudo labor. It was a shock. She called and said something’s not right. We went in and the doctor said the baby’s not viable any longer.

“Now, I’m a retired Marine and a CPA. So the words ‘not viable’ isn’t the same as ‘the baby has died.’ I didn’t really know what that what he meant.”

When told, he was crushed. Then it got worse.

“My sister, Pat, was a nurse. So I called her to tell her we had lost the baby,” he said. “And she very quickly said make sure you tell the hospital you want the baby’s remains. I said I don’t know what you’re talking about. She said it again: ’Hang up and tell them you want the remains.’ I really had no idea what she meant.”

He found out.

“By the time I got off the phone and told the hospital........

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