Yesterday, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee began hearings on legislation that would require abortion businesses to treat the bodies of aborted babies humanely after the abortion. The bill came about after Planned Parenthood abortion clinics were caught dumping aborted babies in landfills.
The Unborn Child Dignity Act (H.B. 419) requires that aborted children’s remains be either given earthly burial or cremation. The second part is Unborn Dignity Informed Consent (H.B. 417), which increases informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of their options for the aborted baby’s treatment.
During the hearing, sponsors Representatives Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township), Tim Ginter (R-Salem), Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) and Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) provided testimony in favor of the bills.
Republican Representative Kyle Koehler says that discovery moved him to sponsor legislation to require the burial or cremation of an aborted fetus.
“Somehow being able to tell my children that the reports of selling baby body parts are possibly not true because the actual truth is that they may be throwing them into Ohio landfills does not make me feel any better,” said Koehler.
The pro-life legislation has the support of Ohio Right to Life.
“As we mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, we thank our bill sponsors for speaking on behalf of the millions of children who’ve lost their lives to abortion,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “In the last year we’ve learned not only that Planned Parenthood is trading aborted babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs, but that they’re sending them to landfills as well. By reclaiming it from the dumpster, Ohio Right to Life is intent on restoring the dignity of the unborn child.”
“The Unborn Child Dignity Act and the Unborn Dignity Informed Consent Act are humane responses to a tragic and gruesome story,” said Krider. “Even those who identify as ‘pro-choice’ could surely agree that a landfill is no place for an unborn child’s remains. Ohio’s women and their babies deserve much better than landfills.”
In December, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of his investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practice in Ohio. The investigation, which began in July, revealed Planned Parenthood to be sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. Previously, other Planned Parenthood locations were exposed for trading aborted fetal remains.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Ohio whose three clinics were caught illegally dumping aborted babies at landfills has struck back at the very state officials who caught them breaking state law. The abortion company filed a lawsuit against state officials claiming the investigations that resulted in catching the abortion business were politically motivated.
“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.”
The Attorney General argues that this is in violation of Ohio Revised Code (3701-47-05) which requires that aborted fetal remains be disposed humanely.
But a judge has blocked the state from enforcing the law while the lawsuit continues. The judge said Planned Parenthood could suffer “irreparable harm” if the state filed a lawsuit, and the organization stands “some likelihood of success” in prevailing in a court battle.
Ohio leaders began the investigation in July after Planned Parenthood was caught potentially breaking multiple federal laws to sell the body parts of aborted babies. Numerous other states also began investigations of the nation’s largest abortion business.