Abortion Bill Advances from Ohio House Committee

(Columbus, OH) An Ohio House committee has cleared a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

The House Health Committee moved legislation forward Wednesday to keep women from terminating pregnancies when there's reasonable knowledge a baby will be born with Down syndrome. Advocates of the measure contend such abortions are a form of discrimination stemming for misinformation and society’s growing perfectionism.

But abortion rights groups counter the bill is part of a broader effort to restrict women’s access to legal abortions. Those groups delivered 2,000 signatures of bill opponents to lawmakers after the vote. 

Doctors performing such abortions could be charged with a felony and stripped of their medical license.

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