Amid shock and outrage about how three Ohio abortion clinics dispose of aborted babies’ bodies, Ohio pro-life legislators introduced a bill to require abortion clinics to provide a humane burial or cremation for the babies.
The newly proposed bill would ensure that aborted babies’ bodies are treated respectfully, just as other human bodies are. Earlier in December, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his office had discovered three Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio appeared to be breaking the law by paying to have aborted babies “steam cooked” and then dumped in landfills in Kentucky. Ohio Revised Code (3701-47-05) requires that aborted fetal remains be disposed humanely.
Abortion advocates are fighting vehemently against the new bill. Sean Illing, staff writer for the liberal news outlet Salon, penned a column on Dec. 22 complaining that the proposed bill is a pointless attempt to shame women and restrict their access to abortion.
This is yet another politically-motivated attack on women’s rights. This won’t stop abortions, but it will make life for those who need them harder. And that’s the point. The cost of this measure, as the WVXU report notes, “would be passed on to the facility which could then pass it on the women being treated.”
“None of this is medically necessary,” says Gabriel Mann of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, “The only reason that these bills are being introduced is because they want to try to harass abortion providers and harass women that are seeking a safe a legal procedure.”
The bill also appears to be a petty retaliatory response to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s failed investigation into Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Inspired by the debunked Planned Parenthood videos, DeWine looked for evidence that the organization was selling the body parts of aborted fetuses. No evidence was found, and this proposed bill is how Republican lawmakers responded.
Contrary to what Illing wrote, DeWine’s investigation was far from a failure. His office began investigating the abortion giant after it was caught potentially breaking multiple federal laws to sell the body parts of aborted babies; and his investigation uncovered potentially illegal activity. The Center for Medical Progress videos also never have been debunked, but that doesn’t matter to Illing.
In an attempt to deflect from the abortion giant’s potentially illegal activity, Illing also claimed the bill would shame women seeking abortions — because it would cause them to recognizes the humanity of their unborn babies.
What makes stunts like the Ohio bill so invidious is that it doesn’t really aim to change the law on abortion, which isn’t going to happen. Instead, the goal is to embarrass law-abiding women who are exercising their constitutional right to privacy. It’s a deeply cynical strategy and an affront to settled law.
Abortion advocates like Illing and the groups he defends fight against any measure that could remind women of the humanity of their unborn child, because they know that many women change their minds about abortion when they learn the truth.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against Ohio after DeWine announced his findings. The abortion giant claims the investigations were politically motivated. In December, a judge responded to the lawsuit by blocking Ohio officials from enforcing the current state laws related to the disposal of unborn babies victimized by abortion. The judge claimed the abortion business could suffer “irreparable harm” if the state enforced the law.
Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, also attacked DeWine personally by claiming he is “on a witch hunt” against his abortion business.
DeWine recently told Fox News that Planned Parenthood’s own lawyers told the state how the abortion business was disposing the aborted babies.
“All three Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of the fetuses in landfill,” the investigative report indicates. “Additionally, the Planned Parenthood facility in Bedford Heights stated it uses only one company for disposal. However, that company stated to investigators it does not accept fetal remains for disposal as a corporate policy.”
“Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” DeWine said. “It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities.”