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The fate of fetal remains is debated in Ohio House
A House committee takes up the controversial plan to require women to choose burial or cremation for an aborted fetus, and to pay for it
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Reps. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) and Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) introduce a bill to require a woman to choose burial or cremation of an aborted fetus, and pay for it.
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A bill requiring abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains got its first hearing in an Ohio House committee.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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The bill is in response to an investigation by Attorney General Mike DeWine, which found that Ohio’s Planned Parenthood clinics were not selling fetal parts but some remains did end up in landfills. 

Republican Rep. Kyle Koehler of Springfield says that discovery moved him to sponsor legislation to require the burial or cremation of an aborted fetus. 

“Somehow being able to tell my children that the reports of selling baby body parts are possibly not true because the actual truth is that they may be throwing them into Ohio landfills does not make me feel any better,” says Koehler. 

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio says requiring a woman to choose a type of disposal forces her to have a conversation with her doctor that she might not want to have. 

 
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