Sponsors of Fetal Remains Bill Say It Applies to Abortion, Not Miscarriages

Left to right: GOP State Reps. Kyle Koehler, Robert McColley, Barbara Sears and Timothy Ginter
Left to right: GOP State Reps. Kyle Koehler, Robert McColley, Barbara Sears and Timothy Ginter discuss the legislation. (Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau)
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by Jo Ingles

Two Republican co-sponsors of a new bill that would require burial or cremation of fetal remains are clarifying that legislation.
 
Earlier this week, two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to require women to designate whether fetal remains should be buried or cremated. And at that time, one of the representatives talking about new abortion legislation said it would apply to all fetal remains, including those from miscarriages.

But Republican State Rep. Robert McColley said the bill will only apply to aborted fetal remains.  

“Neither Rep. Koehler nor I made that statement,” he said. “I don’t why that statement was made but neither Representative Koehler nor I did and our bill has never ever pertained to miscarriages. It has only addressed abortion.”

Kellie Copeland with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio says this bill is a smear campaign targeted at women who choose abortion.

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