Hearings Begin on Unborn Child Dignity Act

Lawmakers Advocate Humane Treatment of Aborted Babies


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       CONTACT: Stephanie Ranade Krider
DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 309

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee began hearings on legislation that would require that aborted fetal remains be treated humanely following an abortion. 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. Bill 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.

"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.”

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 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.” 

January 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade which invalidated abortion regulations in all 50 states. Hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans are expected to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. this Friday. To find events in Ohio, click here.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death. 

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