The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved a ban on abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation only hours after it went through committee.
Sponsored by Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township), HB 135 would make it a felony to perform an abortion on a pregnant person who “is seeking the abortion solely because” of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis.
Anti-choice Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban abortion after a Down syndrome diagnosis, a proposal that Ohio Right to Life listed among its 2015 legislative priorities.
Ohio Right to Life, the anti-choice group that drafted the legislation, wrote in a press statement that the bill is meant to chip away at Roe v. Wade.
Reproductive rights advocates filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court to force disclosure of records of communications between state health officials and members of Ohio Right to Life under the states public records law.
Anti-choice campaigners have attempted to tar all abortion providers with the crimes of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. But a close reading of a state inspection report on a Cuyahoga Falls clinic shows that the problems identified there—while serious—were of a different order of magnitude to anything found at Gosnell’s clinic.
Public pressure from the state’s anti-choice activists, including a medical board member, has put one Toledo clinic on the verge of closure.
The state senate has confirmed Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis.
Despite being the state that tipped Obama over the top in electoral votes, reproductive rights in Ohio may be in more danger than ever before.
The fight over a potential plan to prioritize Medicaid funding with the intent of putting Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates last in line may be over.