Ohio abortion clinics may have to arrange for burial of fetal remains


Ohio is a step closer to requiring abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains.

The House Health Committee voted 11-7 on the issue, now sending it to the full House.

The Republican-controlled state Senate approved the bill in January along party lines.

RELATED: Ohio Supreme Court to decide on new abortion laws

 The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Uecker, of Miami Township, would make violations of the law a first-degree misdemeanor. Uecker says he wants to "promote and honor the dignity of the unborn."

Current Ohio law says fetal remains must be disposed of humanely.

Democratic senators and abortion rights groups criticized the bill as another attempt to impede women from seeking legal abortions.

A federal judge in September struck down a similar provision enacted by Indiana's legislature while Vice President Mike Pence was that state's governor.

Related: Ohio key battleground in abortion fight


Reader Comments


Next Up in Politics

What do you think of Ohio making it harder to put issues on the ballot?
What do you think of Ohio making it harder to put issues on the ballot?

If you’re an elitist, Ohio House Joint Resolution 19 should be your cup of tea. HJR 19, backed by the Ohio General Assembly’s Republican leaders, would make it harder for rank-and-file Ohioans to amend the state constitution. The way things are now, Ohio voters may propose an amendment to the state constitution by gathering signatures on...
Rob Portman says Trump pick for Attorney General is a ‘smart guy,’ will likely get confirmed
Rob Portman says Trump pick for Attorney General is a ‘smart guy,’ will likely get confirmed

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told the Dayton Daily News Friday that he believes the Senate will confirm William Barr as attorney general, replacing Jeff Sessions who was fired last month by President Donald Trump. Portman met with reporters for the paper a short time after Trump announced that he would appoint Barr to replace Sessions. The announcement...
Shutdown averted as Congress passes two-week spending bill
Shutdown averted as Congress passes two-week spending bill

The Senate and House voted Thursday to keep the federal government open until Dec. 21, averting what could have a government shutdown at midnight Saturday and the potential furlough of thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. By voice votes, the House and Senate sent a two-week spending bill to President Donald Trump to finance...
Votes delayed on Trump’s picks for Ohio appeals court
Votes delayed on Trump’s picks for Ohio appeals court

With congressional schedules backed up this week because of the memorial service for former President George H.W. Bush, the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday delayed confirmation votes for Ohio solicitor Eric Murphy and Justice Department official Chad Readler for seats on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. In a statement, a committee...
The VA stayed open during the Bush funeral. Here’s why.
The VA stayed open during the Bush funeral. Here’s why.

If you were wondering why the Dayton VA stayed open during Wednesday’s National Day of Mourning for the funeral of former President H.W. Bush — after previously closing during funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford — here’s the explanation from Dayton VA Spokesman Ted Froats. “While we join the rest of our...
More Stories