A new Ohio law will force women who have the option of surgical abortion to choose or bury fetal remains, intensifying the state’s definition of “humane” disposal.
The decision, which does not come into force later than April, has been criticized by abortion rights advocates and praised by pro-life advocates.
Jesse Hill, a volunteer attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union in Ohio, said, “The law is trying to reduce abortion and stigma and impose abortion on the people and the state’s abortion outlook on everyone.”
Hill said that burials and cremations are often religious ceremonies, along with religious personal ceremonies, and that people are forced to treat the fetus because dying humans are considered abusive and intrusive.
Hill said the new law imposes unfair restrictions on abortion providers, who must pay for services.
Ellie Frazier, communications director for the nonprofit Ohio Right to Life, called the law a no-brainer.
“In Ohio, we bury our dead. We are not going to allow unborn children to be thrown into the trash and we believe that this is a way to help abortion not only maintain the dignity of innocent human life, but our own humanity, “Frazier said.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said: “The bodies of all aborted children should be treated with respect and respect. Sadly, this is not the reality.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 27 into law on December 30.
Under the new law, women must visit the physician who performed the surgery at least 24 hours before the procedure. She will also be given reading material and must sign a consent form before surgery.
Abortion providers who violate the new law will be subject to a charge of first-degree misdemeanor, which is not more than six months in jail, a fine of $ 1,000, or both.
The law worked for five years when DeWine, then the state’s attorney general, investigated Planned Parenthood for practices that violated those nonprofit status, said Dan Tierney, a DeWine spokesman.
Planned abortions were not mentioned for any violations, but state officials found that some abortion clinics were contracting with a company that is the buried remains of the fetus in a Kentucky landfill, Tierney said.
“People in Ohio already face major barriers when accessing reproductive health care, especially safe, legal abortions,” said Kersha DeBell, president of Planned Parenthood in Southwest Ohio, NBC 4I reported. “The legislature should focus its attention on promoting laws that strengthen the health and rights of Ohioans and their families, especially in the midst of an epidemic, rather than stigmatizing and shaming people for their personal medical decisions. “
DeWine did not immediately return a request for comment.
Ohio law has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country, and it already requires that a fetus or fetus be disposed of in a humane manner.
However, some people considered that language unclear. Terni said the new law implements it.
Tierney wrote in a statement on Monday, “The Ohio General Assembly has made efforts to clarify that the formation of human practices in the treatment of fetal remains will help prevent inhuman conduct in the future, and that is why Governor Devine Signed this bill. “
Emily Ray’s spokesperson Benjamin Ray, who supports the election of pro-choice Democratic women, called it “the latest in a long line of laws that Republican legislatures have passed to try and pass women’s controls of their own bodies” Have tried. “
“Law advocates have an agenda,” Iris E., CEO of Planted Parenthood of Greater Ohio. “Wanting to put another road in front of people making a personal decision and exercising their right to control their bodies,” Harvey said. “
Last year, the state legislature approved a “heartbeat bill”, which bans abortions when fetal heartbeats are detected. It is being challenged in court and has not come into effect. Under the law, doctors will have to remain in jail for up to one year for performing an abortion after detecting a heartbeat.
The bill has exceptions for saving the life of a pregnant woman, but no exception for incest or rape.