Unborn Child Dignity Act Heads to Ohio Senate Floor

Bill seeking to dignify aborted children with burial or cremation approved by Senate committee

DATE: Wednesday, January 10, 2018     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Ohio Right to Life's Unborn Child Dignity Act (S.B. 28) was approved by the Senate Government Oversight and Reform committee, 8 to 3. 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 Senate floor for a full vote. 

"Ohio Right to Life is grateful for the precedent set by the Senate Oversight Committee," said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. "Human life is intrinsically valuable, and with this legislation, we recognize this fact by restoring some measure of dignity to aborted children, even in 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.

"We are at a point in our society where a vast majority of citizens support the intrinsic value of life, as well as providing a degree of dignity for those at the end of life," said Gonidakis. "The nation is watching Ohio’s pro-life legislature lead by example and we are grateful for the men and women elected to fight for the sanctity of life.” 

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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