Ohio Pro-Life Group Wants Abortion Ban in Place Now for When Roe is Overturned

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 10, 2015   |   12:34PM   |   Columbus, OH

The leading pro-life group in Ohio is pushing for a new law that would put an abortion ban in place in the Buckeye State that would take effect immediately upon a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today, at a press conference held at the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Right to Life announced its full legislative agenda for 2015. Headlining the list of six pro-life initiatives is a “trigger clause,” legislation that would create a new regulatory framework following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The pro-life group explains how abortions would remain legal in Ohio even if Roe were reversed today.

“Our agenda serves as a proactive approach in our incremental strategy to challenging Roe and ending abortion,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “It’s a common misconception that once Roe is overturned, abortion will become illegal. In reality, overturning Roe would leave the decision to permit or prohibit abortion up to each state. If Roe were overturned today, Ohioans would legally be able to obtain an abortion up to 24 weeks. Our trigger clause changes that.”

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Also on the pro-life group’s legislative agenda is the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which would prohibit abortions from being performed on a child on the basis of that child having Down syndrome. In the U.S., upwards of 92 percent of babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

In addition to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, announced earlier this year, other legislative agenda items for Ohio Right to Life include:
  • Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act –¬†Ends the practice of using drugs off-label to induce abortions and prohibits the use of telemedicine for the purpose of providing abortion-causing drugs
  • Parenting and Pregnancy Support Act – Provides funding for the work of life-affirming pregnancy centers across the state
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood – Prevents remaining taxpayer funding streams from going to the abortion industry
“Our legislative agenda meaningfully challenges abortion-on-demand,” said Krider. “Abortions in Ohio are at a 37-year low. Abortion hurts women and hurts families, and the American public is waking up to that fact. The United States is one of only seven nations that allow abortions so late in pregnancy – it’s time we caught up to the rest of the developed world, at least in Ohio.”