Ohio Senate Bill 164 - Down Syndrome Abortion

Prohibit abortion if unborn has or may have Down Syndrome.

SUMMARY:

  • Prohibits any person from performing, or attempting to perform, an abortion if the person seeking the abortion has any of the following:
    • A test result indicating Down syndrome in an unborn child;
    • A prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in an unborn child; or
    • Any other reason to believe that the child has Down syndrome.
  • Provides a fourth degree felony to a person who performs or attempts to perform an abortion on the basis of Down Syndrome.

PRIMARY SPONSORS:

Senator LaRose

SECONDARY SPONSORS:

Senators Jordan, Uecker, Lehner, Huffman, Hottinger, Burke,
Eklund, Obhof, Terhar

Representatives Huffman, Antani, Butler, Ginter, Johnson,
Merrin, Romanchuk

COMMITTEE:

Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid

House Health

COMPANION BILL:

HB 214

LINK TO BILL:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-164

LEGISLATION STATUS:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-status?id=GA132-SB-164

BILL STATUS:

Senate Action

Introduced in the Senate on June 13, 2017

Referred to Committee on June 15, 2017

Committee Hearings on:

June 27, 2017

August 22, 2017

September 12, 2017

November 14, 2017

Reported out of Committee on November 14, 2017

Passed the Senate on November 15, 2017 by a vote of 20-12

House Action

Referred to Committee on November 28, 2017

Committee Hearing on December 6, 2017

This bill did not pass during the 2017-2018 legislative session.

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