FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Allie Frazier
DATE: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 27, the Unborn Child Dignity Act. The Unborn Child Dignity Act will promote the dignity of the unborn through proper burial by requiring the Ohio Department of Health to establish rules for the proper disposal of products of conception and define “humane disposal” as earthly burial or cremation.
“After years of hard work and dedication, the Unborn Child Dignity Act has finally been signed into law,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “No longer will the tiny bodies of babies whose lives have been tragically taken by abortion be treated like trash. In Ohio, we respect life and we bury our dead. The abortion industry, who has for decades tried to convince women that the lives of their children don’t matter and should simply be thrown away, will now be unable to hide behind this blatant lie.”
The Unborn Child Dignity Act was first introduced in 2016, following an investigation by then Attorney General Mike DeWine into Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facility practices in Ohio. The investigation found that Planned Parenthood’s Ohio locations had been sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. However, since the Ohio Revised Code did not define “humane” disposal, the state of Ohio was unable to take legal action.
“Ohio Right to Life is incredibly proud to see this vital piece of pro-life legislation signed into law,” said Gonidakis. “Human life is precious and deserves to be both respected and protected. No child’s broken body should be thrown into the trash. The Unborn Child Dignity Act is a crucial step forward towards ending Planned Parenthood’s calloused treatment of human life."
Ohio Right to Life thanks Governor DeWine and Senator Joe Uecker for their strong pro-life leadership.
To learn more about The Unborn Child Dignity Act, click here.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 40 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.