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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss ALL of the anti-abortion legislation in Ohio. As the Ohio House and Senate return for session this autumn, we review the bad bills that are under current consideration. We’ll return next week with a look at good legislation to restore abortion access and funding.
6-week abortion ban (AKA the “heartbeat” bill) — HB 69, sponsored by Rep. Christina Hagan.
This unconstitutional bill bans all abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectible, without exception for rape, incest, or the health of the mother. This bill would effectively ban all abortion in Ohio.
HB 69 was approved by the Ohio House and is currently dormant in the Ohio Senate
20-week abortion ban — HB 117, sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner, Rep. Robert R. Cupp; SB 127, sponsored by Sen. Peggy Lehner and Sen. Shannon Jones
This unconstitutional bill bans abortion based on a false belief that a fetus develops pain sensitivity at 20 weeks in development. Ohio law already bans abortion at viability, around 24 weeks.
HB 117 is dormant in the Ohio House
SB 127 was approved by the Ohio Senate and is currently moving in the Ohio House
Down syndrome abortion ban — HB 135, sponsored by Rep. David Hall and Rep. Sarah LaTourette
This unconstitutional bill bans any abortion following a pre-natal diagnosis for Down syndrome.
HB 135 is is moving in the Ohio House, with a floor vote expected in 2015
Defunding Planned Parenthood — HB 294, sponsored by Rep. Bill Patmon, Rep. Margaret Conditt; SB 214, sponsored by Sen. Keith Faber; HB 257, sponsored by John Becker
Ohio “reprioritized” family planning funding in 2013, ending a fair bidding process for women’s health funding. The new defunding bills attempt to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving funding for HIV/AIDS programs, reducing infant mortality, treating breast and cervical cancer, and administering comprehensive sex education programs.
HB 294 is moving in the Ohio House
SB 214 is moving in the Ohio Senate
HB 257 is dormant in the Ohio House
Fetal tissue restrictions — SB 203, sponsored by Sen. Frank LaRose
Following the heavily-edited videos attacking Planned Parenthood in other states, SB 203 attempts to ban any use of fetal tissue for research and any product derived from such research. These banned products may include common vaccines to multiple deadly diseases. Current Ohio law already bans the sale or use of fetal tissue in research.
SB 203 is dormant in the Ohio Senate
Medical abortion restrictions — HB 255, sponsored by Rep. Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. and Rep. Christina Hagan
Current Ohio law severely restricts the use of abortion drugs, such as Mifepristone or RU-486. Ohio physicians must use the medication as dictated by the FDA, even if a physician knows it is in the best interest of the patient to receive a smaller dose. The results are increased patient costs and side-effects from additional medication. HB 255 continues to complicate rules around the use of these medications.
HB 255 is dormant in the Ohio House
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