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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.

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 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."

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.

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