• Barry Sheets

Pro-Life Policies Advance in Ohio

For Immediate Release Contact: Margie Christie, President

November 6th, 2019 937-461-3625

COLUMBUS—The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio applauds members of the Ohio Senate who moved to expand pro-life protections for both women and children in Ohio today. Two measures, Senate Bill 208 and Senate Bill 155, were adopted along mainly party-line votes during floor session.

“We are pleased to see the continuation of the commitment to pro-life policies and principles by our elected officials” stated Margie Christie, President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO). “This session of the General Assembly can be one where significant pro-life priorities are adopted, which is good for all Ohio.”

Senate Bill 208, sponsored by Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson of Scioto County, creates protections for children who are born alive during an attempted abortion on the child. Provisions of the bill mandate that an abortion provider must seek to protect the child’s health and immediately call for emergency transportation to a hospital for care. Failure to do so would expose the abortion provider to criminal penalties. The bill was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 24-9.

“The Born Alive After Abortion Infant Protection Act is the appropriate follow-up to Senate Resolution 41 passed earlier this year” noted Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life and RTLACO Vice-President. “Ohio should have these protections in law to clearly show we are a pro-life state, and that we will not condone infanticide in any form.”

Also sent from the Senate to the House was Senate Bill 155, the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act, sponsoted by Senator Peggy Lehner of Montgomery County. The bill would require information be given a woman 24 hours before the beginning of a chemical (medical) abortion about the possibility of reversing the process should she change her mind once the first drug of the two-drug procedure is administered.

“When we talk about informed consent, we want the woman to be informed of all of the risks, but also of all of the options as well” said Meg Wittman, Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “SB 155 helps women who may decide that they don’t want to complete a medical abortion procedure to seek to safely reverse the procedure and keep the pregnancy moving forward.”

Senate Bill 155 was amended in committee to ensure that the Department of Health’s web site address which will host the updated medical information on the reversal procedure, is provided to the woman. Another amendment required that a provider would have to use “reasonable medical judgment” to determine if an emergency exists which allows bypassing providing the required information. Both amendments were brought to the sponsor by the Right to Life Action Coalition.

The vote on SB 155 saw the only defection from the Republican support when Senator Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard joined Democrats to vote against the bill, which passed on a vote of 22-10. “This procedure has been utilized hundreds of times and has great success in preserving the lives and health of women and babies” commented Ed Sitter, Director of Greater Toledo Right to Life. “We hope to see this bill pass the House in short order and begin to give women this life-affirming information.”

The bills will both now move to the House of Representatives for deliberation.


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