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Statehouse Committee Passes Bill To Ban Abortion Following Down Diagnosis

Oct 25, 2017

Opponents of the bill hold banner made of petition signatures of people who also oppose it
Credit Ohio Public Radio

An Ohio House committee has passed a bill that would make the state the third in the country to ban abortion after a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

Doctors who perform abortions after that point would be held liable and could lose their licenses to practice. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.   

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonadakis praised the committee’s vote.  

“The government spoke loudly today that we are going to stop discriminating against people with disabilities.”  

After that vote, opponents of the bill went to the Speaker’s office and unfurled large banners made from petitions signed by more than 2000 people against the legislation. NARAL ProChoice Ohio’s Jaime Miracle says the legislature needs to focus its efforts differently.  

“It should be making sure that these families have access to the health care services they need when facing a diagnosis like Down Syndrome during pregnancy or any other diagnosis.” 

A federal court recently struck down a similar law in Indiana that included additional provisions. This bill now goes to the full House for consideration.