Ohio abortion clinics may have to arrange for burial of fetal remains

Ohio is a step closer to requiring abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains.

The House Health Committee voted 11-7 on the issue, now sending it to the full House.

The Republican-controlled state Senate approved the bill in January along party lines.

RELATED: Ohio Supreme Court to decide on new abortion laws

 The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Uecker, of Miami Township, would make violations of the law a first-degree misdemeanor. Uecker says he wants to "promote and honor the dignity of the unborn."

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Current Ohio law says fetal remains must be disposed of humanely.

Democratic senators and abortion rights groups criticized the bill as another attempt to impede women from seeking legal abortions.

A federal judge in September struck down a similar provision enacted by Indiana's legislature while Vice President Mike Pence was that state's governor.

Related: Ohio key battleground in abortion fight

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