A federal judge has blocked an Ohio law which requires the remains of aborted babies to be properly disposed of in a humane manner.
The law, SB27, stipulates that following an abortion, the remains of the preborn baby must be buried or cremated. The law permits the mother the right to choose how the aborted remains of her child will be disposed.
If the mother does not want to choose between the two, the abortion “clinic” is charged with choosing.
In her ruling, Judge Alison Hatheway concluded that the law is a “restriction on abortion” and that it would “severely impact access to abortion.”
The abortion “clinics” that sued the state over the law include Planned Parenthood, Preterm-Cleveland, Women’s Med Group and the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center.
Following the judge’s ruling, they issued a joint statement charging that the law “would have a devastating impact on the ability of Ohioans to access time-sensitive health care, and intentionally denies them autonomy over their own lives.”
But it’s not at all clear how a law which would regulate how the remains of a preborn baby be disposed of is a regulation on the act of abortion itself, or how it would limit women from aborting their preborn child.
Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, said that the court’s decision was “a sad reflection some have for the dignity of unborn children.”
“Even after a child dies we are now prohibited from paying proper respect with a burial,” Gonidakis added.
The purpose behind SB27 is to promote a “respect for unborn life,” as the state argued to the court.
It’s unfortunate that this commonsense and humane law, enacted by the representatives of the people of Ohio, was struck down.
We can all pray that a higher court will soon allow SB27 to go into effect.
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