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SB 164 - Prohibits Abortions Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis - Ohio Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (20-12) - (Key vote)
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Title: Prohibits Abortions Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits any individual from performing, inducing, or attempting to induce or perform an abortion on a pregnant patient if such individual is aware that the patient is seeking the abortion due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, a test result indicating Down Syndrome, or any other reason to believe the fetus has Down Syndrome (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies a violation of the above provision as a fourth degree felony (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the state medical board to revoke the license of any physician who violates the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1).

  • Requires physicians to attest that to their knowledge the patient was not seeking an abortion due to Down Syndrome on the abortion report currently required under state law (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits Abortions Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis

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