Ohio House Considering Two New Abortion Restrictions This Week

This week, two more bills to limit women’s access to legal abortion services are on the move in the Statehouse. Both will receive hearings in the Ohio House after already having passed the Senate. Given their rapid advancement, both bills appear likely to be enacted into law.

Today at 1:30 pm, the House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to meet in Rm. 114 of the Statehouse to hear opponent testimony to SB145, a bill that would outlaw certain  abortion methods. This bill would ban the safest and most common method of abortion used in the second trimester.

Tomorrow at 9 am, the House Health Committee will hear proponent testimony on SB28, a bill requiring all fetal remains resulting from a surgical abortion at an abortion facility to be disposed of by cremation or burial. The proposal does not speak to fetal material resulting from miscarriages. Similar legislation has been enacted and set aside by courts in other states as unconstitutional. The House Health Committee meets on Wednesday, February 14th @ 9:00 AM in Rm. 121. 

How to participate

Hearings are held in the Statehouse and are open to the public. Those wishing to testify should contact the office of the Committee chair the day prior to the hearing. To contact your State Representative and express your views, use the Member Search tool at ohiohouse.gov.