In my future home state of Tennessee, state legislator Stacey Campfield has introduced a bill that would require an abortion provider to file a death certificate for the child after the procedure.
This is not so far fetched. It turns out that the TN Office of Vital Records already collects records on abortions and the deaths of fetuses after 22 weeks of gestation. What this bill aims to do is amend the word "report" in Tennessee Code Annotated sec. 68-3-505 to "death certificate." Furthermore, the abortion provider has ten days to provide the information to the State.
Of course, one can expect the pro-death groups to cry foul over what will be perceived as a invasion of the mothers' privacy. For more reading on this topic, pleasee visit my buddy Dave over at The World Accoridng to Oatney (he also has a link to a PDF version of the bill). As he rightfully points out, this bill would not infringe upon the "right" to an abortion, but I daresay the term "chilling effect" will be bandied about by those opposed. There are means of "safeguarding" their privacy that they (a) were pregnant and (b) voluntarily terminated the pregnancy (a fact is a fact), but for that reason, I predict - sadly - that this bill will be defeated. It's too politically hot to grant even this small dignity to the victims of abortion.
I note that on the website for Tennessee's Vital Records, when requesting a death certificate, "[t]he cause of death is not normally included on a certified copy unless specifically requested and then is available only to certain family members or legal representatives."