by Steven Ertelt
March 10, 2008
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Lawmakers in Ohio will vote on two pro-life bills on Wednesday, including one that would require abortion practitioners to give women the option of seeing an ultrasound of their developing baby. The other protects women from becoming victims of forced abortions or being coerced into having one.
The Ohio House approved the Ultrasound Viewing Option Bill, H.B. 314, in December on a 72-18 margin.
When used in pregnancy centers, ultrasounds persuade large majorities of women not to have an abortion. Lawmakers hope requiring abortion practitioners to do them will help reduce abortions further.
Rep. Shannon Jones, a Springboro Republican, is the main sponsor of the legislation and, on Wednesday, the Senate Health, Human Services & Aging Committee will consider the bill.
Ohio Right to Life told LifeNews.com on Monday that it supports the bill, saying, "Just as patients are often shown x-rays before surgery, ultrasounds provide scientifically accurate information that women should have an opportunity to view in order to make a more informed decision about abortion."
Meanwhile, the House Health Committee will take up HB 280, which would require abortion facilities to hang a poster in their centers saying it is illegal to force a woman to have an abortion against her will.
This notice would demonstrate an abortion can only be performed if the woman signs a consent form indicating that she is consenting voluntarily and without coercion. It would also inform the woman that, if she is being coerced into having an abortion, she should not sign a consent form and should inform the abortion center.
Rep. Michelle Schneider is the sponsor of that bill, which also has the backing of the state pro-life group.
Related web sites:
Ohio Right to Life – https://www.ohiolife.org
Ohio Senators – https://www.senate.state.oh.us/senators/SenateZipSearch.html
Ohio Representatives – https://www.house.state.oh.us/jsps/Representatives.jsp