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Ohio Abortion Providers Sue To Block State Law On Aborted Fetal Remains

Protestors with signs advocating for abortion rights. One sign reads 'not your body, not your life, not your choice'.
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Ohio abortion providers have again sued to block a state law requiring that fetal remains from surgical abortions be cremated or buried.

Clinics, through their lawyers at ACLU of Ohio, argue in a Hamilton County court that the new law imposes a funeral ritual on every patient, regardless of religious or spiritual belief, removing their autonomy.

A judge already stayed the law once on grounds that a lack of state rules made compliance impossible. Rules were finalized on December 30. The law replaces an earlier one that required aborted fetuses to be disposed of “in a humane manner,” but without defining “humane.”