Ohio Law to Stop Pressuring Women Into Having Abortion Goes Into Effect Today

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 7, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ohio Law to Stop Pressuring Women Into Having Abortion Goes Into Effect Today

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 7
, 2009

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — A new Ohio law that will help stop women from being pressured or forced into a decision to have an abortion goes into effect today. The Protecting Pregnant Women from Coercion & Violence Bill received lopsided bipartisan support in the state legislature.

The measure would require abortion facilities to display a poster in their waiting areas making it clear to women that no one can coerce or pressure them into having an abortion they really don’t want.

This notice would indicate that, under Ohio law, an abortion can only be performed if the woman signs a consent form indicating she is consenting voluntarily and without coercion.

It would also inform the woman that, if she is coerced into having an abortion, she should not sign a consent form and should inform abortion center employees.

Becki Brenner, president of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper that the abortion business has already posted the sign in its centers.

In a related development, the Ohio Supreme Court asked lawyers for Planned Parenthood and the attorney representing the parents of a teenager girl who was pressured to have an abortion to comment on how the law would affect the lawsuit the girl’s parents filed.

Cincinnati attorney Charles Miller told the newspaper that he thinks the law may resulted in him having access to Planned Parenthood medical records to prove his contention that the abortion business engaged in a pattern of abuse by failing to report to state officials cases of statutory rape.

Instead, it did abortions on the girls, who were victims of sexual abuse.

The case was brought by Cincinnati-area parents whose minor daughter had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility without their parents’ knowledge after being sexually abused by her adult coach.

The parents allege that Planned Parenthood failed to comply with the statute requiring reports of known or suspected child abuse as well as Ohio’s parental consent statute.

Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis tells LifeNews.com he is delighted the new law is going into effect.

"We are proud that Ohio has acted to protect women and children from coercion and abuse," he said. "Coerced abortion, violence against pregnant women, and child abuse have no place in a civilized society."

"We are also pleased that the Ohio Supreme Court has noted the new law in the Roe v. Planned Parenthood case," he added.

"Regardless of the decision whether the new law applies to an existing case, the Supreme Court’s action should send a message to those who fail to report child abuse that the new law will be enforced and that their actions can result in liability," Gonidakis told LifeNews.com.

In addition to protecting pregnant women from violence and coerced abortions, the new law allows individuals to seek damages by offering proof against abortion facilities demonstrating a pattern of failing to report known or suspected child sexual abuse.

Rep. Michelle Schneider, a Republican from Madeira, sponsored the bill, HB 280, which was partly inspired by the lawsuit.

Related web sites:
Ohio Right to Life – https://www.ohiolife.org

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