SB164 would prohibit a doctor from performing the medical procedure if they know the woman is seeking an abortion because of a test result indicating Down syndrome in the fetus, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other reason the woman believes the fetus has Down syndrome. Doctors who violate the prohibition would face a fourth-degree felony, revocation of their medical license and possible civil penalties.
Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) President Mike Gonidakis praised senators for passing the bill, which was pushed by the anti-abortion group.
“Ohio Right to Life thanks our pro-life senators for taking a stand against the modern-day eugenic practice of aborting babies with Down syndrome,” Gonidakis said. “We are continuously encouraged by how Ohio is on the forefront of protecting the unborn. All Ohioans regardless of the gender, skin color or disability deserve the right to live out their God-given potential and purpose.”
Testimony by Larry and Jackie Keough