Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Dismemberment Abortion Ban

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Introduced in the Ohio Senate - May 4, 2017

Sponsor Testimony - June 13, 2017

Proponent Testimony - June 20, 2017

Opponent Testimony - June 27, 2017

Passed out of committee - June 27, 2017

Passed out of the Senate - June 28, 2017

Introduced in the Ohio House - June 29, 2017

Sponsor Testimony - November 15, 2017

Proponent Testimony - January 16, 2018

Opponent Testimony - February 13, 2018

All Testimony - March 13, 2018

Passed out of committee - December 11, 2018

Passed out of the House - December 13, 2018

Senate Concurred with House Amendments - December 13, 2018

Bill signed into law by Gov. Kasich - December 21, 2018

The legislation would prohibit dilation and evacuation abortions, a procedure in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks LMP. In 2017, the Ohio Department of Health reported nearly 3,500 D&E abortions in the state of Ohio.

Like partial-birth abortion, dismemberment abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips the child limb from limb. In Gonzales v. Carhart, the Supreme Court said, "No one would dispute that, for many, D & E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.”

Justice Kennedy, widely considered the swing vote on abortion cases, has himself described the procedure in a simple and powerful way, when he wrote: “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”

Seven other states have passed dismemberment abortion bans, with more working on them in 2017.

Click here for National Right to Life's FAQ on Dismemberment Abortions.

Click here to read the bill.

Bill Sponsors

Steve Wilson

Ohio State Senator (R)
(614) 466-9737

Matt Huffman

Ohio State Senator (R)
(614) 466-7584

Bill Co-Sponsors

Senators Peggy Lehner, Lou Terhar, Bob Hackett, Joe Uecker, Kris Jordan, Frank LaRose, and Jay Hottinger

Ohio Right To Life
65 E State Street, Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio 43215

[email protected]
(614) 547-0099
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