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Ohio Senate Committee Passes Bill Requiring Burial Or Cremation Of Aborted Remains

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A bill that would specify how the fetal remains, which are a result of abortions, are handled has made it over another hurdle, passing a Senate committee on a party-line vote.

The bill, SB 28, would require burial or cremation of fetal remains from abortions. The ACLU Ohio’s Gary Daniels characterizes it as “legislative harassment” by abortion opponents.

“In their minds, if they continue to fail at outlawing abortion, then perhaps making it as difficult as possible for clinics and doctors to stay in business, will accomplish many of the same goals,” Daniels said.

Ohio Right to Life is backing the bill, saying it is needed to ensure remains are treated humanely. Courts have put similar laws in two other states on hold.

This bill now goes to the full Senate.

Last year, Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill banning abortions after the diagnosis of Down syndrome, which Gov. John Kasich signed into law. The Senate also passed a bill that would criminalize the common "dilation and extraction" abortion procedure. That bill is still sitting in the House criminal justice committee.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.