Ohio Senator Joe Uecker Testifies on Unborn Child Dignity Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, the Senate committee on Government Oversight and Reform began hearings on the Unborn Child Dignity Act (SB 254), legislation which requires aborted babies to be individually buried or cremated. This legislation follows Attorney General Mike DeWine's investigation into Ohio's Planned Parenthood abortion facilities where he discovered that the entity is contracting with companies that dispose of aborted babies in landfills. Senator Joe Uecker is the sponsor of SB 254 and delivered testimony for the bill in today's hearing.
"The Unborn Child Dignity Act is crucial to ensuring that our society does all we can to preserve and protect the dignity of the unborn child, even after being aborted," said Katie Franklin, director of communications for Ohio Right to Life. "This legislation says more about our humanity and our compassion than it says about anything else. We know that we tarnish our dignity as a society when we bury the unborn child's in the trash."
Similar legislation has also been introduced in the Ohio House (HB 417/419) and was voted out of the House committee on Health and Aging on April 13 with bipartisan support. These bills also increase informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of their options for the aborted baby's treatment.
"As unborn children are dismembered in droves at abortion facilities across the state, we want to ensure that they aren't being sent to mass graves as common medical waste," said Franklin. "The unborn child already experiences enough pain in the grisly practice that is abortion. This is why we continue to advocate for legislation that protects babies from the pain of abortion, as well as the shame and degradation that comes to their bodies in its aftermath."
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.