Today 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.
“Ohio Right to Life is grateful for our legislative leadership’s swift yet thoughtful response to the horrific revelation about Planned Parenthood’s practices,” said Kayla Atchison, director of external affairs for Ohio Right to Life. “Abortion claims a number of victims–the child, the mother and the father. If we can somehow diminish the horror and preserve some semblance of dignity for the unborn child, Ohio can take another step towards restoring our humanity and building a culture of life.”
Attorney General DeWine opened his investigation of Planned Parenthood’s surgical facilities following the release of an undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services admitting that the organization harvests and sells parts of aborted babies. This is the second series of legislative action that responds to the scandal, following behind the de-funding of Planned Parenthood which was signed by Governor John Kasich in February.
“Ohio Right to Life thanks bill sponsors Representatives Tim Ginter, Kyle Koehler, Robert McColley, and Barbara Sears for spearheading our efforts to protect the dignity of the unborn in the Ohio House,” said Atchison. “In addition, we thank Chairwoman Anne Gonzales for prioritizing this legislation and providing due consideration to all victims of abortion. No human person belongs in a landfill, and we are grateful for a committee that believes the same.”
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.