Ohio House Passes Nation’s Most Extreme Abortion Ban

Near-total Abortion Ban Abandons Maternal Health, Provides No Exceptions For Rape And Incest

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper released the following statement Wednesday after Ohio House passage of the nation’s most extreme abortion ban:

“Republican politicians in Columbus are doing the bidding of right-wing special interest groups and lobbyists, instead of focusing on an agenda to support Ohio women and help Ohio kids,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Rather than dealing with infant mortality or children’s health insurance, the Ohio GOP is pushing plainly unconstitutional legislation that is designed to ban abortion in the state.

“A woman should have the ability to make her own personal decision about whether or not to become a parent. No politician should interfere in that decision. This bill is a disgrace, and it will endanger women’s lives in Ohio.”

In committee Tuesday, the Republican majority on the Ohio House Health Committee rejected amendments to the legislation that would’ve made exceptions for women whose physical or mental health is at risk, fetal abnormality and medical complications and pregnancies as the result of rape or incest, as well as amendments to increase funding for infant and maternal mortality prevention programs, restore funding for preventive health programs and increase state assistance for child care.