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Catholics urged to ask Hochul to veto human composting bill

The New York State Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to contact Gov. Kathy Hochul and ask her to veto a bill that would allow for the accelerated composting of human remains.

According to a Nov. 14 statement from the Catholic conference, the state Legislature passed Senate bill S5535 in June 2022, “without any public input,” approving a process known as natural organic reduction. The statement noted that this process involves placing a deceased human body in a tank with organic material that, by adding oxygen and heat, converts the body into soil over a period of weeks. Remaining bone and teeth fragments are ground up, and approximately a cubic yard of soil is returned to the family to be used to fertilize trees and gardens.

“The New York State Bishops oppose this bill because composting is a process typically used for household or agricultural waste, and does not provide the respect due to bodily remains,” the Catholic conference explained.

The statement added that “the future of the legislation is in the hands of Governor Kathy Hochul, who can either sign it into law or veto it. Please ask Governor Hochul to veto this bill.”

On the Action Center section of its website, the conference has provided a prewritten message of opposition that can be filled out and emailed to Hochul.

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