in Landfills Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced pro-life legislation, the Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act, which would prohibit the disposal of fetal remains in a landfill or navigable waters and impose strict penalties on violators. Under this bill, remains that were disposed of in these areas would be subjected up to three years in prison, a fine, or both.
"It is truly horrific that some abortion providers dispose of baby body parts by dumping them in landfills," said Congressman Latta. "There should be no excuse for showing this lack of dignity to these innocent babies, and it's time to make clear that this is wrong. I will continue my work to protect life, and that means having laws on the books that ensures the unborn are treated with respect." While some states have laws banning the practice of dumping fetal remains in landfills, there is no federal law prohibiting the practice.
Ohio lawmakers introduce Humanity of
the Unborn Education Act Bill stresses scientifically accurate instruction on human development
COLUMBUS-The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio announced today the introduction of legislation, House Bill 619, which will establish the teaching of human development from the moment of conception, in two-week gestational intervals, within the health curricula of Ohio's public and chartered nonpublic schools.
Sponsored by Dayton-area Representative Niraj Antani, the bill would have the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) work together to develop materials to instruct students in the development of unborn children. The instructional program would be permissive, with schools opting in to provide this information to their students.
"The bill will help school districts care for their students and unborn children by empowering them with vital educational information on health care and adoption agencies in the area" stated sponsor Rep. Niraj Antani. "This education would include providing accurate, scientifically verifiable information concerning the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the unborn child at two-week gestational intervals."
"The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is pleased to be working with Rep. Antani to ensure that our health curriculum will teach accurate scientific information regarding the development of the human being from conception" stated Ed Sitter, President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.
The bill would also direct ODH to prepare materials to be posted in the restrooms of facilities in the state, specifically educational institutions, health facilities and retail food establishments, sharing information regarding a database of pregnancy, childcare and adoption agencies which would be maintained by the Department.
"We are grateful for the sponsors of this bill bringing this to the Assembly" noted Paula Westwood, chair of RTLACO's Public Policy Committee. "If this can help prevent a future Skylar Richardson situation, it will be well worth it." Richardson is the Ohio teenager charged with murdering and burying the body of her just-born child.
Representative Antani concluded "If students learn accurate information about fetal development in the womb, it will hopefully create a culture of life. House Bill 619 increases educational opportunities so mothers may best care for their child, and to ensure these parents are made aware of all the resources that are dedicated to assist them and their child."
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