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House Committee Hears Proponent Testimony on Unborn Child Dignity Act


DATE: Wednesday, January 27, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, Ohio Right to Life delivered proponent testimony on the Unborn Child Dignity Act (HB 417/HB 419) before the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee. The Unborn Child Dignity Act requires that aborted children’s remains be either given earthly burial or cremation, and increases informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of their options for the aborted baby’s treatment. Proponent testimonies were provided by Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life; Julie Ziglar Norman, post-abortive motivational speaker and author; Kambra Malone, executive director of Back in His Arms Again; Paul Coudron, executive director of Dayton Right to Life; and Judy Schlueter, foundress and director of Bethesda Healing Ministry.

1-27-16_Unborn_Child_Dignity_Act_Hearing.jpg“Today’s testimonies show the tremendous heartbreak that comes in the aftermath of abortion,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “Imagine the trauma experienced by any post-abortive woman learning that aborted children are being dumped in landfills. Our humanity demands that we empathize with both her and her unborn child and do all we can to retain both of their dignity.”

In December, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of his investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practice in Ohio. The investigation, which began in July, revealed Planned Parenthood to be sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. Previously, other Planned Parenthood locations were exposed for trading aborted fetal remains. This morning, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood, 9-3.

“In gruesome detail, Planned Parenthood has already acknowledged the biological reality of the pre-born child,” said Krider, referring to the summer’s Planned Parenthood undercover video scandal. “The question at hand is not whether these children are human, but how we should treat them in light of their humanity. Whatever our answer, it must be better than landfills, and ultimately, it must be better than abortion.” 

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death. 


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