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GOP State Lawmakers Propose Total Abortion Ban

Nov 15, 2019

Abortion ban opponents dressed as handsmaids at the Statehouse
Credit Ohio Public Radio

A new bill in the state legislature outlaws all abortions and subjects medical professionals who facilitate them to possible murder charges. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

This bill legally recognizes a fetus as a human, and it would remove all exceptions for abortions. The legislation, which is sponsored by 21 of the 99 House members, is championed by the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. And it is meant to challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. This is not the first time a complete abortion ban has been proposed in the legislature. A similar ban was put forward in 2018 but went nowhere.