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New Law Creates More Penalties, Restrictions On Doctors Who Provide Abortions

Dan Konik
Statehouse News Bureau

Doctors would be required to report cases of babies born alive after abortions or attempted abortions, under legislation approved Wednesday by the GOP-controlled Ohio Senate.The bill would also ban abortion clinics from working with doctors who teach at state-funded hospitals and medical schools.

The measure sponsored by Republican state Sens. Terry Johnson, a retired doctor, and Steve Huffman, a practicing physician, would direct the state Health Department to create a “child survival form” to be submitted 15 days after a woman is discharged from a hospital.

Ohio law already punishes doctors who don’t take efforts to save the lives of babies born alive after abortions. The bill expands the law by including a new crime of “purposely failing to take measures to preserve the health or life of a child.”

In cases of procedures in abortion clinics, doctors must provide care to a baby born alive, call 911 and arrange transportation to a hospital, under the proposal.

The bill “is another step in our continued commitment to uphold the sanctity of human life,” Huffman said.

Democrats called the bill a redundant attack on abortion rights, noting doctors are already required to provide appropriate medical care in all situations.