(12-22-17) Ohio Gov. John Kasich today signed into law a bill that makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions if the woman wants to terminate her pregnancy because the fetus may have Down syndrome. It’s the 20th he has signed since he has been governor.
House Bill 214
a felony for doctors to perform abortions with that knowledge and requires the State Medical Board of Ohio to revoke the physician’s license in such instances. As a result of the law, doctors will be required to report to the Ohio Department of Health that in each abortion performed the woman wasn’t seeking it because of a Down syndrome diagnosis.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland
“When a woman receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome during her pregnancy, the last thing she needs is Gov. Kasich barging in to tell her what’s best for her family. This law shames women and will have a chilling effect on the conversations between doctors and patients because of the criminal penalties that doctors will face.”
Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis
“No longer will lethal discrimination be tolerated in Ohio. Ohioans with special needs deserve special protection and Gov. Kasich delivered this Christmas season.”