Jessie Balmert, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Published 9:44 p.m. ET Nov. 1, 2017
Abortion is a heated political subject even a long time after Roe v. Wade. But to a girl who weighs whether or not to have an abortion, the choice by no means comes all the way down to politics. It’s advanced. It’s scary. It is, for a lot of, a very powerful choice of her life.
Hundreds of anti-abortion activists collect for a march and rally Jan. 21, 2017, at City Hall in downtown Cincinnati.(Photo: Meg Vogel, The Cincinnati Enquirer)
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s GOP-controlled House handed a invoice Wednesday to ban abortions after a fetal prognosis of Down syndrome.
The proposal, which handed 63-30, would penalize medical doctors who carry out these forms of abortions.
“Their right to life should be protected,” stated GOP Rep. Derek Merrin of Monclova Township, Ohio, a sponsor of the proposed ban. “Individuals with Down syndrome are truly treasures.”
American ladies select to terminate pregnancies 50% to 85% of the time after a Down syndrome prognosis, in keeping with a examine revealed in 2012 within the medical journal Prenatal Diagnosis.
Physicians who violate the proposed ban would face a fourth-degree felony, punishable by as much as 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fantastic. They might additionally lose their license to observe drugs and face lawsuits if the lady is injured or dies due to the prohibited abortion.
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Women who’ve abortions understanding that the fetus has been recognized with Down syndrome would face no penalties underneath the invoice. Democrats tried so as to add language that might stop ladies from being compelled to reveal a fetal Down syndrome prognosis.
But the change was rejected and deemed pointless.
“Their right to life should be protected. Individuals with Down syndrome are truly treasures.”
Ohio Rep. Derek Merrin, Monclova Township, Ohio
Only three states — Indiana, Louisiana and North Dakota — have handed legal guidelines to ban abortions after diagnoses of genetic abnormalities. A federal choose discovered Indiana’s legislation to be unconstitutional and Louisiana’s legislation is going through a authorized problem.
That means North Dakota is the one state with a ban now in impact.
Ohio is the one state in search of to ban abortions primarily based on one prognosis: Down syndrome.
Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Democrat from the Cincinnati suburb of Norwood, worries that sends the unsuitable message to different individuals with developmental disabilities.
“This bill creates a hierarchy of disabilities with Down syndrome on the top,” stated Kelly, expressing the issues of a constituent whose 20-year-old daughter has Down syndrome.
Ohio House Bill 214 nonetheless should cross the state Senate, the place virtually three-quarters of its 33 members are Republican, and be despatched to the governor, who might signal it, let it change into legislation with out his signature or veto it.
An similar invoice already has been launched within the Ohio Senate. Its sponsor, Sen. Frank LaRose, a Republican from Copley, stated he expects the proposal to cross there.
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“Many of my colleagues have expressed their support for our bill, and I expect that we will be able to get it pbaded soon,” LaRose stated.
Republican Gov. John Kasich has signed quite a few payments limiting entry to abortion lately. Most just lately, he signed into legislation a restrict on abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
Kasich declined to touch upon the pending invoice.
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Earlier Wednesday, a Republican lawmaker defended her proposal to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks’ gestation. Kasich vetoed the ban, generally known as the “heartbeat bill,” final yr, however conservative lawmakers are attempting once more.
Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio of Cleveland requested how a lot it might value to defend the heartbeat invoice if its constitutionality have been challenged in court docket, as different states have completed.
“There’s no way to know what those costs would be,” stated GOP Rep. Christina Hagan of Alliance, including that they might be just like different legal guidelines Ohio has defended. “I don’t think there is a price that can be placed on the value of a human life.”
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