Federal Legislation Follows Attorney General DeWine's Investigation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2016 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced H.R. 4536, the Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act, which would prohibit the unlawful disposal of fetal remains by abortion providers in landfills and navigable waters. Read H.R. 4536.
“The practice by abortion providers of disposing of baby body parts in landfills is horrifying,” said Congressman Tiberi. “I expect Planned Parenthood to continue to put on their political blinders and ignore the inhumanity of their actions. However, as lawmakers, we have a responsibility to identify where our laws are failing to protect the dignity of life and to take action.”
Currently, there is no federal punishment for abortion providers who dispose of fetal remains in landfills. State laws vary, and in order to prevent ambiguity, Congressman Tiberi introduced the Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act to make it a federal crime to dispose of unborn children in landfills and waterways.
“It is unconscionable that the abortion industry is sending children’s bodies to landfills,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “No human person belongs in the trash. We thank Congressman Tiberi for taking swift and compassionate action to protect the dignity of our country’s unborn children.”
Two months ago, Attorney General Mike DeWine revealed that Planned Parenthood is sending aborted children's remains to landfills. In response, the Ohio General Assembly is currently considering legislation that requires humane burial or cremation of aborted children's remains.
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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.