The Ohio Senate passed a bill Wednesday requiring the remains of aborted babies to either be buried or cremated rather than be thrown in landfills or sold like is sometimes done at abortion clinics.
If the bill — Senate Bill 28 — becomes law, the state will mandate women getting abortions to fill out a form indicating whether they prefer burial or cremation for the aborted remains. If a woman makes no selection, the health providers at the clinic will choose a method for her. The bill passed the Ohio Senate in a 24-9 vote, according to Cincinnati.com.
Republican state Sen. Joe Eucker proposed the bill after Ohio’s Attorney General, Mike DeWine, a Republican, charged Planned Parenthood with throwing remaining baby parts into a Kentucky landfill. “It seeks to promote and honor the dignity of the unborn,” Uecker said regarding the measure.
Planned Parenthood denied all allegations.
“Victims of abortion deserve compassionate and humane treatment,” Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said, Cincinnati.com reported.
Abortion advocates aren’t happy about the bill’s possible ascension into law, however. “The anti-abortion politicians behind this bill want to force a woman who has had an abortion to have to consider and decide upon burial or cremation services – it’s inappropriate and demeaning,” NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said.
Under the bill, clinics that dispose of fetal remains using any method other than burial or cremation will face a first degree misdemeanor, but women who aborted at those clinics would not face punishment.
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