A dismembered unborn baby was thrown into a dumpster behind an abortion facility in Ohio in violation of state law, according to an anti-abortion group in the state.
Ohio Right to Life put out a press release Wednesday, describing how it learned an unborn child about 17-weeks gestation was discarded in a dumpster. This action would be in direct violation of S.B. 27, the Unborn Child Dignity Act, signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in December 2020. The law requires the state’s Department of Health to ensure protocol is in place for the cremation or burial of unborn children who die through abortion.
“This child suffered doubly at the hands of the abortion industry: first, by being subjected to a brutal death by dismemberment and second by the degradation of his or her broken body being dumped into the trash like garbage,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis in a statement.
The baby was reportedly discovered by a volunteer with the organization. According to Denise Leipold, executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, the baby was found wrapped in a surgical sheet that was stained with blood, with a mangled body except for select intact body parts.
Anti-abortion organizations were critical of the estimated gestation time period, given thaat the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center claims on its website that it does abortions up to 15.6 weeks. The volunteer also allegedly found urine cups and biohazardous waste, according to a press conference. Patients’ names and contact information were also found, in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Violating the Unborn Child Dignity Act carries a first-degree misdemeanor penalty of a six-month jail sentence, a $1,000 fine, or a combination of the two.