Ohio Senate passes bill requiring women who have abortions to choose burial or cremation for fetal remains

The Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require a woman who has an abortion to choose either a burial or cremation for the fetal remains.

The legislation, which passed the GOP-led chamber in a 24-7 vote, would give the woman an option for how wishes to dispose of the fetus’ remains or the abortion clinic can pick for her, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

If the bill is passed, the abortion clinic where the procedure is administered would pay for either the burial or cremation unless the woman wants a location different from those offered by the clinic.


“It does not restrict a woman’s right to get an abortion," bill sponsor and state Sen. Joe Uecker (R) told the local news outlet. 

Current regulations call for the disposal of fetuses to be “humane” but offer few details beyond that, the Enquirer notes.

The legislation would also impose new forms of documentation or each abortion procedure, such as noting the number of abortions each woman has had and the chosen burial method.

The measure now heads to the House for a vote, and if passed, would then go to Gov. Mike DeWine (R) to sign into law.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Senate passed a controversial “heartbeat" abortion bill that would ban abortions after a fetus’s heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six to 10 weeks. Similar bills have passed in other states, all of them facing legal challenges.