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Ohio GOP Lawmakers Want to Require Women to Designate Burial or Cremation for Fetal Remains

Ohio Lawmakers who are sponsoring the bill are (left to right) Reps. Kyle Koehler, Robert McColley, Barbara Sears and Timothy Ginter – all Republicans.";

State lawmakers are introducing a bill to require women who have abortions or miscarriages to designate arrangements for burial or cremation of fetuses. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Attorney General Mike DeWine found no evidence that Planned Parenthood of Ohio was selling body parts of aborted fetuses as had been alleged in a viral video. But that doesn’t make Republican State Rep. Kyle Koehler feel any better.

“Whether they are selling body parts or simply tossing them into landfills doesn’t matter to me anymore.”

Koehler is referring to DeWine’s allegation that Planned Parenthood’s medical-waste vendor throws fetal remains into landfills. Koehler is one of the sponsors of a bill that would require women who undergo abortions at clinics or are treated for miscarriages at hospitals to sign a form, designating burial or cremation of fetal remains. Lawmakers say they will tackle that bill next year.

Planned Parenthood is suing the state and claims DeWine's allegations are inflammatory and false.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.