Ohio Senate Advances Bill to Keep Aborted Babies From Being Dumped Into Landfills With Trash

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate has advanced a bill that would require the bodies of aborted babies to either be buried or cremated, instead of being steamed or incinerated and dumped in landfills, as had been discovered in 2015 by the state attorney general’s office.

S.B. 28, also known as the Unborn Child Dignity Act, passed the Senate 24-9 in a party line vote on Wednesday. It was primarily sponsored by Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township, to address what his office described as “the appalling abortion industry practice of desecrating aborted fetal remains by disposing of them via public landfills.”

“The abortion industry’s practice of sending these dead babies to landfills only further demonstrates an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life,” he said in a statement. “This law takes steps to help protect the dignity of babies whose lives ended too soon at the hands of abortionists.”

The bill grants mothers who obtain an abortion the right to determine how she wants her now dead baby disposed of and where.

“Final disposition of fetal remains from a surgical abortion at an abortion facility shall be by cremation or interment,” it reads in part. “A pregnant woman who has a surgical abortion has the right to determine both of the following regarding the fetal remains: (A) Whether the final disposition shall be by cremation or interment; (B) The location for the final disposition.”

As previously reported, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who identifies as pro-life and believes that abortion is “morally reprehensible,” announced in December 2015 that his Charitable Law Section found that aborted children were being either steam treated or incinerated and then dumped into a landfill with household and commercial trash.

“Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” he said. “It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities.”

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DeWine’s office, which was initially investigating Planned Parenthood to determine whether the organization was selling body parts in the state, rather found that Accu Medical Waste Service, Inc. in Marietta had been serving the Cincinnati and Columbus Planned Parenthood locations, and had transported the containers of aborted babies to its steam plant where they were autoclaved and then trucked to a landfill in Kentucky. The company severed its ties with the abortion industry soon afterward due to “adverse attention” over the matter.

It was also found that the medical waste giant Stericycle had been serving the Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood, picking up aborted babies from the location and either having them steamed or incinerated, depending on how Planned Parenthood had marked the boxes. The fetal remains were then trucked to Republic Services Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville after being treated.

Corporate representatives of Stericycle had claimed to DeWine’s office during the investigation that the company does not accept fetal remains for disposal. Stericycle was fined $42,000 in Texas in 2011 for doing so.

“All three Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of the fetuses in landfill,” an investigative report from DeWine’s office outlined.

DeWine took the matter to court to stop the aborted babies from being disposed of in landfills, but his request for an injunction was denied, and the state ended up paying Planned Parenthood for the legal expenses associated with a lawsuit the abortion giant filed to continue the status quo.

Planned Parenthood told the Cincinnati Enquirer this week that the requirement could result in the closures of abortion facilities that either cannot afford the cost of burial or cremation, or cannot find a funeral home that is willing to work with an abortionist.

“Without these contracts, abortion providers could be forced to close, restricting or even eliminating access in the state,” stated Joanna Saul of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.

Uecker’s bill now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for consideration. Co-sponsors in the Senate included Sens. Larry Obhof, Matt Huffman, Jay Hottinger, Cliff Hite, John Eklund, Frank LaRose, Bill Coley and Frank Hoagland.

Lawmakers attempted to pass a bill last year to prevent babies from being dumped with the trash, but lack of action in the legislature kept the measure from moving forward.

“Through their own words and actions, America’s abortion industry continues to provide Americans with a haunting picture of abortion,” said Kayla Atchison of Ohio Right to Life. “Whether by trading the hearts and lungs of aborted children or burying them somewhere in a landfill, Planned Parenthood continues to show us the truth about abortion and compel us to action. By requiring the humane treatment of aborted children, we can ensure that even in their brutal deaths, these unborn children retain their dignity.”

Some pro-lifers would rather see a bill that would abolish abortion altogether, rather than allow the killing to continue but with humane disposal. The Ohio Department of Health reports that there were 20,672 abortions in Ohio in 2016, the latest year on record with the department.

Abortion is Murder from I’ll Be Honest on Vimeo.

 


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    A radical vision of abortion rights from the Canadian Prime Minister as government uses coercive power to further its own agenda

  • bowie1

    I’m sure it might scare the heck out of landfill workers if they would see a small leg or hand or other body part while they are moving around the garbage.

    • james blue

      Human tissue is ground and put through a sanitation process before going to landfill.

      • ChuSez

        Are you the spawn of a former Nazi concentration camp employee ?

        • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

          The way he talks can make a person wander.

        • james blue

          Pointing out facts in response to a false claim makes one a Nazi?

          bowie1 said “I’m sure it might scare the heck out of landfill workers if they would see a small leg or hand or other body part while they are moving around the garbage.”

          I simply pointed out they wouldn’t because that’s not the process. I’m sorry you are unable to comprehend fact based discussions.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Three in Four Americans Support ‘Significant’ Restrictions on Abortion
    Poll: more than six in ten support twenty week ban

    • james blue

      This law doesn’t change abortion, it simply imposes a disposal process based on the “morals” of the lawmakers that may not fit with the religious beliefs of the mother.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        sure ……….

        • james blue

          What does it change about abortion?

  • Michael C

    If I’m not mistaken, opponents of abortion are upset that the life of the fetus is terminated, not that the remains aren’t given a proper burial.

    Being that abortion is legal, perhaps anti-abortion groups would like to offer their own funds and services to bury fetal remains if that’s their real concern.

    As it stands, this just sounds like anti-abortion activists are trying to use the government to over-regulate the medical industry to make it more difficult and unnecessarily costly for other people to exercise their own rights and freedoms. Big government, yay!

    • Garden of Love

      Sure, abortion is legal. Slavery was legal. “Legal” doesn’t mean right. People are always working to change bad laws, that’s how a free society operates.

      • Michael C

        People are always working to change bad laws

        In this case, this particular proposed law would do nothing to change the “bad law.”

    • Reason2012

      If I’m not mistaken, opponents of abortion are upset that the life of the fetus is terminated, not that the remains aren’t given a proper burial.

      If your loved one was killed, you’d also be upset if she wasn’t given a proper burial. Those that support abortion do what Hitler did: convince others some human beings are not really human beings to ease their conscience, then let the barbaric, sick genocide ensue. Throwing human beings in the trash is just one more way the sick people try to ease their conscience as if some human beings are just trash, hence you fight their sick mindset and their sick agenda on any front you can.

  • Garden of Love

    It makes sense. I can’t imagine a pet owner just throwing his deceased pet into the garbage.

  • Lemmylemon

    What kind of person would murder(abortion) and throw it in the trash?
    The devil is everywhere and in everything

  • james blue

    So if a woman miscarries in the toilet she has to gather the contents and take it to a funeral home?

    My body is nothing more than a vehicle carrying my soul during my time on earth. When I die my soul goes to sit with the Lord while my body rots.

    The ONLY involvement government should have in regards to the disposal of bodies is for public health and safety.

    • ChuSez

      Planning on getting pregnant, James?

      • james blue

        The law is a government infringement of religious freedom by mandating a process for disposal of human tissue that has zero to do with public health and safety.

        • ChuSez

          Of course I do. I believe respect is a value ill served by our society and that we could use all the respect we can generate. Which is why I support the respectful treatment of human remains in the case of aborted babies.

          • james blue

            So should the law require a mother who miscarries in the toilet to collect the contents and take them to a funeral home?

          • ChuSez

            What do you think?

          • james blue

            I don’t like to make assumptions, please answer.

          • ChuSez

            Given the circumstances, no punishment at all. Any woman undergoing such an ordeal is entitled to our greatest sympathy.

          • james blue

            If there is no consequence for breaking it what’s the point of the law?

          • ChuSez

            In this case there should be no punishment. Other cases and different circumstances would yield a different outcome.

          • james blue

            SO for some cases the respect for the dead baby isn’t as important as others?

          • ChuSez

            Of course not. Cases are different, punishment is determined by the circumstances of the case. That’s why he have judges.

          • ChuSez

            I believe all human remains should be treated with dignity.
            Obviously you do not.

          • james blue

            That doesn’t answer the question.

          • ChuSez

            Yes, it does. Though, of course, you might not understand it. But that’s not my worry.

          • james blue

            What should the punishment be for a woman who doesn’t collect the contents and take them to a funeral home?

  • james blue

    The bill grants mothers who obtain an abortion the right to determine how she wants her now dead baby disposed of and where.

    So the mother can decide to have it incinerated or sterilized and disposed of as medical tissue waste as is the practice now?

  • LynnRH

    So sickening I can’t even make any further comments!

  • Rick Downing

    As anti-christian as Google is, I’m actually shocked that their crawler picked-up and posted this news feed.

  • jael2

    Wait a minute….if this bill is called “The Unborn Child Dignity Act” the state is acknowledging that this indeed is a child. If that it is the case, then it should be illegal to murder an unborn child as it would be to murder a born child. It’s high time we stop squabbling about how to dispose of these childrens remains, and start prosecuting those who murder them; including the mother.

    • Michael C

      t’s high time we […] start prosecuting those who murder them; including the mother.

      Because the government can’t do that without amending the Constitution, lawmakers are writing unnecessary laws and adding unnecessary regulation (bigger government) in the effort of making it unnecessarily inconvenient and unnecessarily expensive to have an abortion.

      • LynnRH

        Well whatever it takes.

        • ChuSez

          No, we must be better than that.

          • LynnRH

            I agree that we need to be making more progress to ending abortions but at least this is a step in the right direction.

      • ChuSez

        Does it upset you that in the process of making abortions more difficult to obtain some babies might be saved?

        • Michael C

          It upsets me that big government is attempting to pass underhanded and unnecessary laws in the attempt to curtail citizen’s rights.

          I would also oppose voter suppression laws even if they advantaged my preferred candidates.

          I’m not an “ends justify the means” kind of guy.

          • ChuSez

            Reasonable restrictions on abortions enjoys the majority support of a wide swath of the American public.
            Abortion on demand, not so much.
            Good luck.

          • Michael C

            Where did I say that there should be no restrictions on abortion?

            Reasonable restrictions and responsible regulation is important for all areas of medicine. Those restrictions and regulations should have solid reasoning behind them. Laws like the above do not.

          • ChuSez

            You believe that mandating a measure of respect when handling the remains of aborted babies is Constitutionally suspect? Based on what legal precedent?

          • Michael C

            I’ll leave you and your strawman to carry on with this conversation without me. You two seem to be doing just fine on your own.

          • ChuSez

            I graciously accept your surrender.