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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
For Immediate Release – December 3, 2020
Contact: Laurel Powell, Director of Media Relations, [email protected]

Planned Parenthood Denounces Passage of Unconstitutional, Medically Unnecessary S.B. 27

COLUMBUS, OH Today, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to pass Senate Bill 27, a shameful piece of legislation which would invade the privacy of Planned Parenthood’s patients across Ohio and force those who have decided to make the personal decision to have an abortion to bury, or cremate and then bury, the fetal tissue. It imposes further costs on those seeking abortions, and further regulation on abortion providers, and would have a chilling effect on abortion access in the state.

Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, issued the following statement:

“In the middle of a pandemic, Republican lawmakers are working yet again to strip Ohioans of their health care and trying to close health centers. Not only is Senate Bill 27 unconstitutional and medically unnecessary, it also adds yet another barrier for patients who are trying to access abortion services — which is the legislature’s real goal. This bill is about politics. It’s about forcing health centers to close. Ohioans deserve better.”

Ohio law already regulates the disposal of medical tissue, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region follow them. Health centers work with patients on a case-by-case basis to answer any questions they may have about embryonic or fetal tissue disposal. No matter our skin color, where we live or where we're from, when it comes to our health, we all want health care that keeps us safe, and Planned Parenthood will continue fighting to make it accessible.

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