(WTRF) – A bill that requires the cremation or burial of fetal remains surgically removed has become law.
Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill, sponsored by former Sen. Joe Uecker, last Wednesday.
Previously, Ohio the law required that aborted fetuses be disposed of “in a humane manner”, but “humane” was not further defined.
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 disposing of fetal remains in landfills, according to AP.
Planned Parenthood called the result “inflammatory.” The ACLU of Ohio says clinics already follow “strict state-regulated procedures for the safe and proper handling of all biological tissue,” an AP report said.
Ohio Right to Life said in an email: “Human life is precious and deserves to be both respected and protected. No broken child’s body should be thrown in the trash.
The the law also deals other treatment for women seeking an abortion, such as giving them copies of reading materials describing the development of the fetus, 24 hours before the abortion.
Kersha Deibel, President of Planned Parenthood in the Southwest Ohio said in an email statement:
“Senate Bill 27 is an absolutely heinous attempt to shame people who have already made the personal decision to have an abortion. Like all the other outrageous roadblocks set up against our patients in the state of Ohio, this legislation has nothing to do with protecting patients or improving health care.
“People in Ohio already face major barriers to accessing reproductive health care, especially legal and safe abortion. Lawmakers should focus their attention on promoting laws that strengthen the health and rights of Ohioians and their families, especially in the midst of a pandemic, rather than stigmatizing and shaming people for their private medical decisions. “