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Ohio will now require surgically aborted humans to be buried or cremated

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The Ohio State House, 2018
The Ohio State House, 2018
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Updated: January 2, 2021 - 4:09pm

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Unborn humans surgically aborted in the state of Ohio are now required to be cremated or buried following the procedure, according to a new law signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine this week.

The law states that a mother seeking a surgical abortion may determine “whether the final disposition [of the aborted human] will be by cremation or interment." If the woman elects not to make that decision, the abortion facility performing the procedure is required do so. 

Those who violate the law will be found “guilty of failure to dispose of fetal remains humanely, a misdemeanor of the first degree,” the law stipulates.

Crematory operators, meanwhile, are mandated to either place the human remains in a crypt or grave, or else “scatte[r] them in any dignified manner.”