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State Rep. Robert McColley, a Republican from Napoleon representing Ohio’s 81st House district.

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State Rep. Kyle Koehler, a Republican from Springfield representing Ohio’s 79th House district.

They’re certainly going after their mileage with the ginned up Planned Parenthood controversy.

Ohio state representatives Robert McColley and Kyle Koehler are asking their colleagues to co-sponsor a “proper disposal of product of conception” bill.

Throughout the 300-word letter, McColley and Koehler assiduously avoid the term “fetus.”

We will soon be introducing legislation that seeks to promote and protect the dignity of the unborn through proper burial or cremation and strengthen Ohio’s laws on informed consent.

I can only imagine what garish provisions they have in mind for “strengthening” Ohio’s laws on informed consent.

Currently, Ohio Revised Code prohibits the trafficking of the products of conception yet fails to establish protocols regarding the humane disposal of aborted infants.

Aborted infants, gentlemen, really?

This bill would require the Ohio Department of Health to establish rules for the proper disposal of the product of conception and define humane disposal as earthly burial or cremation.

Yes, there has been nothing humane about benefitting from the study of fetal tissue to develop ubella, varicella and polio vaccines. And certainly nothing humane about continuing to study fetal tissue to help prevent and cure fetal abnormalities and diseases. But do go on.

Under this legislation, a pregnant woman who has an abortion has the right to determine the final disposition of the aborted infant by providing written notice to the clinic on a form provided by the Ohio Department of Health. The mother may direct the clinic to dispose of the aborted infant either by earthly burial or by cremation.

You see? The woman in question has all the choice in the world; at least, all the choices that conform to Messrs. McColley and Koehler’s specifications.

This provision has nothing at all to do with rubbing a painful experience in the woman’s face by making her commit in writing whether her “infant” shall be “buried or cremated.”

This bill would also require the abortion clinic to document the pregnant woman’s decision in their medical record. Lastly, this bill would criminalize the transfer of an aborted infant’s remains across state lines for purposes other than burial or cremation.

We hope you will join us in this effort to provide the defenseless unborn with dignity and respect.

If you wish to co-sponsor this legislation, please contact my aide, Rachael Carl, at Rachael.Carl@ohiohouse.gov or at 614-466-3760, or Rep. Koehler’s aide, Britney Howland at Britney.Howland@ohiohouse.gov or at 614-466-2038 by 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, November 10, 2015. Thank you for your consideration.

I like to include the representatives’ contact information in case you, their good constituents, might care to share some thoughts with them.

D.C. DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He is the Associate Editor of The Athens NEWS in Athens, Ohio. DeWitt can be found on Facebook and Twitter @DC_DeWitt.

 

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