Ohio Right to Life’s Unborn Child Dignity Act Signed Into Law

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Last Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 27, the Unborn Child Dignity Act, into law. The Unborn Child Dignity Act will promote the dignity of the unborn through proper burial by requiring the Ohio Department of Health to establish rules for the proper disposal of products of conception and define “humane disposal” as earthly burial or cremation.  

 “After years of hard work and dedication, the Unborn Child Dignity Act has finally been signed into law,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “No longer will the tiny bodies of babies whose lives have been tragically taken by abortion be treated like trash. In Ohio, we respect life and we bury our dead. The abortion industry, which has for decades tried to convince women that the lives of their children don’t matter and should simply be thrown away, will now be unable to hide behind this blatant lie.”   

The Unborn Child Dignity Act was first introduced in 2016, following an investigation by then Attorney General Mike DeWine into Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facility practices in Ohio. The investigation found that Planned Parenthood’s Ohio locations had been sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. However, since the Ohio Revised Code did not define “humane” disposal, the state of Ohio was unable to take legal action.   

“Ohio Right to Life is incredibly proud to see this vital piece of pro-life legislation signed into law,” said Gonidakis. “Human life is precious and deserves to be both respected and protected.  No child’s broken body should be thrown into the trash. The Unborn Child Dignity Act is a crucial step forward towards ending Planned Parenthood’s calloused treatment of human life.”  

Ohio Right to Life thanks Governor DeWine and Senator Joe Uecker for their strong pro-life leadership. 

To learn more about The Unborn Child Dignity Act, click here.