Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Signs Bill Requiring Fetal Remains from Abortions to be Buried or Cremated

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine / AP

What started with then-Attorney General Mike DeWine’s 2015 investigation into Planned Parenthood ended with the Republican governor signing a bill on Wednesday that requires fetal remains be buried or cremated.

Senate Bill 27 requires any zygote, blastocyte, embryo or fetus from a surgical abortion to be buried or cremated. Any woman who obtains an abortion in Ohio would be informed prior to the procedure that she can choose the final disposition of the fetal remains.

If she doesn’t choose a location, the abortion facility would select a location and pay for the burial or cremation. If the clinic does not, individuals there could face a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Opponents of Senate Bill 27 say the changes invade women’s privacy and add unnecessary regulations for abortion providers.

“Not only is Senate Bill 27 unconstitutional and medically unnecessary, it also adds yet another barrier for patients who are trying to access abortion services – which is the legislature’s real goal,” said Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, vice president of government affairs and public advocacy at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.

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SOURCE: Cincinnati.com Enquirer, Jessie Balmert

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