The Ohio Right to Life's Unborn Child Dignity Act (S.B. 28) was approved by the Senate Government Oversight and Reform committee 7 to 3. This legislation requires the humane burial or cremation of unborn children following an abortion. The legislation also increases informed consent for women seeking abortions. The Unborn Child Dignity Act is sponsored by Senator Joe Uecker. The legislation now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.
The Unborn Child Dignity Act was introduced after the release of viral undercover videos in which top officials at Planned Parenthood were caught discussing the trade of aborted baby body parts. Later, state investigators discovered that Planned Parenthood locations in Ohio contracted with waste disposal companies that deposited the remains of aborted children in landfills.
The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO) worked with the sponsor Senator Uecker to strengthen and eliminate potential loopholes contained in the original draft. “We appreciated Senator Uecker’s willingness to make it the best bill possible”, said Ed Sitter, Executive Director of Foundation for Life and the 2017 President of the RTLACO. Thanks go out to pro-life communities across Ohio who contacted their Senators and to Paul Coudron, Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life (an Action Coalition board member), and Barry Sheets, RTLACO board member, for their proponent testimony.
“It’s important that we enact pro-life legislation that will do what it advertised to do” said Sitter. “This is another classic example of where diversity of voices within the Pro-life community is an asset to ensuring we enact the best bill possible.”
Pro-Life Legislative Update-March 2018 Barry Sheets, Legislative Agent RIGHT TO LIFE ACTION COALITION OF OHIO 2018 marks the 2nd year of the two-year session for the Ohio General Assembly. Given that there will be primary and general elections for all 99 House seats and 17 Senate seats, this year’s legislative activity will likely be fast and furious, as many “marquee” issues will be pushed to finish before the May primary elections.
State--UPDATES State Bills We Are Introducing Life at Conception Act: Sponsored by pro-life champions Representatives Nino Vitale and Ron Hood, this bill would make ALL abortions in Ohio illegal and fall under Ohio’s statutes on murder; recognize the unborn as a legal person; and protect whistleblowers for those who help law enforcement investigate violations of the law. RTLACO is proud to work with these leaders in crafting this bill’s provisions, and to stand behind them in pushing this bill over the finish line. The bill will be introduced the week of March 19th. Humanity of the Unborn Education Act: Sponsored by Rep. Niraj Antani, this bill would require the teaching of fetal development from conception through birth to students in Ohio’s Health curriculum. The bill will be introduced this month. Real Informed Consent Act: Sponsored by Sen. Kris Jordan, this measure would require information on the links between abortion and breast cancer, and on the psychological and emotional issues (PTSD-like symptoms) experienced after abortion. Language would also include requiring the state to audit the compliance of abortionists in ensuring that the informed consent procedure is followed. The bill will be introduced in the next few weeks. Bills We Are Fighting For House Bill 214: Down’s Syndrome Abortion Ban bill—Legislation RTLACO worked to re-draft in order to have stronger protections and penalties, was passed by both chambers and signed by the Governor. Law is being challenged in court by abortion groups. If challenges fail, law will go into effect on March 28th. Senate Bill 28: Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains bill—Legislation RTLACO worked to amend to strengthen protections, expand definition of unborn in law, and ensure the prohibition of disposing of aborted babies in landfills has passed the full Senate and the House Health Committee; awaits floor action in House and then will be sent to the Governor for signature. House Bill 258: Human Heartbeat Protection Act (Heartbeat Bill) -- RTLACO supported legislation has passed House Health Committee and is awaiting a House floor vote; bill will need to go through Senate hearing process. Previous version was vetoed by Governor Kasich. Bills We Are Fighting Against Senate Bill 178: Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)--RTLACO’s forceful opposition to this dangerous bill continues as it did from the previous legislative session. The bill was re-introduced in August in the Senate. It has NOT been given a hearing in the Senate Health Committee to date. It has only ONE sponsor (Sen. Peggy Lehner), a significant sign that our opposition influenced many members to turn away from this ill-conceived legislation. Senate Bill 249: Medical Aid in Dying (MAD)--RTLACO’s strong counter of strengthening penalties for assisting suicide which passed last session is being challenged by this legislation, brought by Senator Charleta Tavares of Columbus. The bill has not been assigned to committee, even thought it was introduced in January. RTLACO sent a joint letter of opposition to Senate leadership, and we are working to keep this bill from receiving any support. House Bill 302: Minor consent to health care—The legislation introduced by pro-abort Rep. Nickie Antonio from Lakewood sounds good on the face: ensure pregnant minors can receive health/prenatal care. However, the devil is in the details: “Health care” is defined in the bill as “treatment or services intended to maintain the life or improve the health of either a pregnant minor or the unborn child she is carrying”, this could, under interpretation by an abortion-sympathetic judge, be ruled as including abortion services (since “family planning services” are specifically authorized in the bill), which would effectively operationally nullify Ohio’s current laws regarding parental notification and consent. Further changes nullify parental, guardian or spousal consent for these services to minors. To contact any of your legislators on these issues: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/member-directory http://ohiosenate.gov/members/contacting-your-senator
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