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Ohio House Approves Fetal Remains Bill

Dec 4, 2020

Abortion rights supporters protest at the Statehouse
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The Ohio House has passed along party lines a bill requiring aborted fetal remains to be buried or cremated. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The bill, which has been under consideration for nearly two years, would require a woman having an abortion to fill out a form designating how to dispose of the fetal remains. If she doesn’t do that, it will be up to the abortion provider to decide whether to bury or cremate the remains and pay for it. The ACLU of Ohio’s Gary Daniels says the bill is unconstitutional.

“It’s just another method to harass abortion providers and patients.”

Fetal remains from miscarriages would not be affected by the bill. Backers say the legislation will make sure fetal remains are treated humanely.