For Immediate Release
Date: March 15, 2022
Contact: Mary Parker
Phone: 614-597-0099 ext. 303
Columbus, Ohio—Today, Representative Jean Schmidt introduced House Bill 598. This piece of legislation is a companion bill to Senate Bill 123, the Human Life Protection Act, which was introduced by Senators Kristina Roegner and Sandra O’Brien.
This bill would outlaw abortion in the state of Ohio, except those medically necessary to save the life of the mother. The legislation would not take effect until the Supreme Court issues a decision that overturns Roe v. Wade and allows states to prohibit abortion.
“With the U.S. Supreme Court hearing the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, there is renewed hope that states will once again be able to outlaw abortion and protect the most vulnerable in our society,” said Schmidt. “I’ve been dedicated to protecting unborn children my whole career. This legislation will ensure that Ohio is prepared to take action when the opportunity arrives.”
Ohio Right to Life fully supports House Bill 598. “With a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court coming as early as this June, we are doing everything possible to prepare for a post-Roe Ohio," said Mary Parker, Director of Legislative Affairs at Ohio Right to Life. "This companion bill will help expedite the legislative process to get the bill to Governor Mike DeWine. Additionally, we are working with our chapters and other pro-life organizations to empower women and families to choose life when faced with a crisis pregnancy.”
Similar legislation has been passed in 13 other states, including neighboring Kentucky.
The Ohio House’s version of the Human Life Protection Act awaits committee referral.