Ohio Governor signs bill requiring fetal abortion to remain buried or cremated

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine addresses mourners at a memorial service in the District of Oregon held to recognize the victims of an early morning mass shooting at the popular nightclub on August 4, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fetal remains from surgical abortions in Ohio must be cremated or buried under a new bill signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

The law project, signed on December 30, updates a current state law requiring that aborted fetuses be disposed of “in a humane manner,” but “humanely” is not further defined. The new law states that “final disposal of fetal remains from a surgical abortion in an abortion center shall be by cremation or burial.”

If cremation is chosen, the remains must be placed “in a tomb, crypt or niche, the law states. They may also be scattered “in any dignified manner, including in a memorial garden, at sea, in the air, or on broadcast ground”.

The facility must cover cremation or burial costs unless the woman makes arrangements other than those provided. In this case, “the pregnant woman is responsible for the costs associated with the final disposal of the fetal remains at the chosen location”.

Those found guilty of knowingly violating the requirements are subject to a “misdemeanor of the first degree”.

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The new law is a “essential piece of pro-life legislation,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Human life is precious and deserves to be both respected and protected.”

As state attorney general, DeWine investigated allegations of Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal remains in 2015. His report found no evidence of the alleged illegal disposal, but he criticized the organization. for dumping the fetal remains in landfills.

Planned Parenthood called the discovery “incendiary.” The ACLU of Ohio said clinics already follow “strict state-regulated procedures for the safe and proper handling of all biological tissues.”

DeWine has yet to act on another abortion-related bill sent to him by lawmakers that would ban the use of telemedicine to perform abortions and impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the law. law.

This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press reported.

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