Ohio House Committee Passes Bill to Stop Abortion Clinics From Throwing Aborted Babies in Trash or Sewer

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 28, 2018   |   12:42PM   |   Columbus, OH

An Ohio state House committee passed a bill to stop abortion clinics from throwing the bodies of aborted babies in the trash or sewer.

Similar legislation was originally introduced in 2015, after the release of viral undercover videos in which top officials at Planned Parenthood were caught discussing the trade of aborted baby body parts. Later, the Ohio Attorney General’s office discovered that Planned Parenthood locations in Ohio contract with waste disposal companies that deposit the remains of aborted children in landfills.

Today, Ohio Right to Life’s Unborn Child Dignity Act (S.B. 28) was overwhelmingly approved by the House Health Committee. This legislation requires the humane burial or cremation of unborn children following an abortion. The legislation also increases informed consent for women seeking abortions. The Unborn Child Dignity Act is sponsored by pro-life Senator Joe Uecker. The legislation now heads to the House floor for a full vote.

“Ohio Right to Life applauds the House Health Committee for taking a stance on the important issue of human dignity,” said Jamieson Weaver, Director of Communications and Marketing at Ohio Right to Life. “All human life has worth and is deserving of humane treatment, in both life and death.”

Ohio Right to Life prioritized The Unborn Child Dignity Act after the release of viral undercover videos in which top officials at Planned Parenthood were caught discussing the trade of aborted baby body parts. Later, state investigators discovered that Planned Parenthood locations in Ohio contracted with waste disposal companies that deposited the remains of aborted children in landfills.

“The Unborn Child Dignity Act is the compassionate response to the violence of abortion,” said Weaver. “We will continue to fight to ensure that Ohio is a state that respects and protects human dignity.”

“Victims of abortion deserve compassionate and humane treatment,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “The Unborn Child Dignity Act grants that common decency to the thousands of children lost each year to abortion statewide.”

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Republican Representative Kyle Koehler  says that discovery of what Planned Parenthood does with aborted babies 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.

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.

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.

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.