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Bill Banning Certain Abortion Procedure Clears Legislative Committee

Jun 28, 2017

Handmaids line the back wall, supporters of the bill wear fetus tee shirts during testimony
Credit Ohio Public Radio

A bill banning a common procedure used in most second trimester abortions has been approved by an Ohio Senate committee. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Pro-choice protestors in costumes from the popular series "The Handmaid's Tale" were in the committee room, as they were for the first hearing. But this time, anti abortion activists in tee shirts with pictures of fetuses sat in the front row while supporter Barry Sheets testified.

 

“Ohio needs to go further and intercede to keep this barbaric and inhumane practice from continuing in our state.”

 

But Stephanie Craddock Sherwood also told the committee that restrictions like the one in this bill force women to wait longer or travel farther to get abortions.

 

“Restrictions that force them to delay abortion care have disproportionate impact, especially on low income women, women of color, and young women.”

 

The bill passed along party lines, sending it to the senate floor.