- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Fetal remains from abortions must be buried, cremated or subject to an authorized incineration method under new Ohio legislation.

Republican state representatives previously announced the measure formally introduced Wednesday.

The legislation leaves details of fetal disposal procedures to the state’s health director. It follows a separate measure under which pregnant women getting abortions would be asked to decide in writing whether their fetal remains should be buried or cremated.

The second bill also allows “an approved hospital type of incineration” and removes language from Ohio law that requires “humane disposition” of fetal remains.

A recent attorney general’s report criticized Planned Parenthood for disposing of fetal remains in landfills. The group says it follows Ohio law, calling the report “inflammatory.”

Lawmakers are on break until the new year.


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