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2nd stay sought against Ohio abortion law on fetal remain

ACLU argues law demands funeral or every patient
Fetal heartbeat abortion restriction gets 4th try in Ohio
Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 07, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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 a lack of state rules made compliance impossible.

Rules were finalized Dec. 30. The law replaces an earlier one that required aborted fetuses to be disposed of “in a humane manner,” but without defining “humane.”

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