COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 27, the Unborn Child Dignity Act, by a vote of 24-7. This bill passed the day after the Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee gave its approval.
Senate Bill 27 requires that the remains of an aborted baby be either buried or cremated.
Reporting for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jessie Balmert wrote
GOP lawmakers started pushing for specific burial methods after then-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reported that Ohio abortion clinics use a third-party company to dispose of fetal remains in a Kentucky landfill. Planned Parenthood denied the allegations and has since stopped using the third-party company.
“Ohio Right to Life is thrilled to see this important legislation pass in the Ohio Senate,” said Jamieson Gordon, spokeswoman for Ohio Right to Life. “Aborted babies deserve to be treated with dignity in their death, and that is exactly what the Unborn Child Dignity Act seems to do.” Gordon went on to explain
This simple clarification of Ohio law will give women greater informed consent and ensure that unborn children are treated with the respect that every human person deserves. We are thankful for the leadership of pro-life Senator Joe Uecker and the Ohio Senate. We hope that the Ohio House will move quickly on this compassionate piece of legislation