Columbus, Ohio — Attempting to violate recent, clear guidance from the US Supreme Court, state legislators have re-introduced an unconstitutional bill to place medically-unnecessary restrictions on women seeking abortion. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Uecker, Senate Bill 28 attempts to create an undue burden by forcing women to cremate or bury fetal and embryonic tissue.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “This bill would impose intrusive, cruel mandates and medically unnecessary regulations on abortion care. This bill does nothing to respect or support a woman who has made the decision to end her pregnancy. Lawmakers should respect a woman’s decision and focus on policies to improve women’s health; instead, they are mandating what a woman must do after having an abortion, regardless of her own wishes.”
Ohio already has sensible and responsible requirements for the disposal of all forms of biological tissue following medical procedures, including fetal and embryonic tissue. Abortion clinics and other health care providers already adhere to these regulations. Senate Bill 28 creates new, burdensome requirements designed to make it harder for clinics to serve their patients and is part of ongoing efforts to push abortion out of reach for Ohio women.