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Lawmakers 'Clarify' Proposed New Rules For Handling Fetal Remains

Dec 18, 2015

Two Republican co-sponsors of a  bill that would require burial or cremation of fetal remains are clarifying their legislation. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles explains.

Earlier this week, two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to require women to designate whether fetal remains should be buried or cremated. And at that time, one of the Representatives talking about new abortion legislation said it would apply to all fetal remains, including those from miscarriages. But Republican Representative Robert McColley says the bill will only apply to aborted fetal remains. 

“Neither Representative Koehler nor I made that statement. I don’t why that statement was made but neither Representative Koehler nor I did and our bill has never ever pertained to miscarriages. It has only addressed abortion.”

Kellie Copeland with NARAL ProChoice Ohio says this bill is a smear campaign targeted at women who choose abortion.