Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act

Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act

H.B. 214 & S.B. 164

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Introduced in the Ohio House - May 9, 2017

Introduced in the Ohio Senate - June 13, 2017

Sponsor Testimony in the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee - June 27, 2017

Proponent Testimony - August 22, 2017

Opponent Testimony - September 12, 2017

Sponsor Testimony in the Ohio House Health Committee - September 13, 2017

Proponent Testimony - September 20, 2017

Opponent Testimony - October 11, 2017

Passed out of the House Health Committee - October 25, 2017

Passed out of the Ohio House - November 1, 2017

Passed out of the Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee - November 14, 2017

Passed out of the Ohio Senate - November 15, 2017



This legislation would prohibit an abortion from being performed on an unborn child on the basis of that child having Down syndrome. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and featured in the New York Times found that approximately 92% of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. While elective abortion is never the right choice, it’s particularly egregious that unborn children can be denied life simply due to the presence of a disability.

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Click here to read the Senate bill.

Bill Sponsors

Frank LaRose

Ohio State Senator (R)

(614) 466-4823

Ron Amstutz

Sarah LaTourette

Ohio State Representative (R)
(614) 644-5088 

Derek Merrin

Ohio State Representative (R)

(614) 466-1731

Bill Co-Sponsors

Representatives Andy Thompson, John Becker, Niraj Antani, Jim Butler, Kyle Koehler, Rob McColley, Craig Riedle, Scott Wiggam, Candice Keller, Tom Brinkman, Keith Faber, Wes Goodman, Steve Hambley, Wes Retherford, Michael Henne, Ron Hood, Louis Blessing, and Tim Schaffer