Pro-life advocates are pushing for new restrictions on abortions in Ohio — a move that has become more common in recent years.
The pro-life lobby is in favor of legislation that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and also after a Down Syndrome diagnosis has been made.
Pro-lifers gathered Tuesday at the Ohio House and Senate in Columbus to show their support for the legislative changes to be made before recess, which is in June. Also, Keith Faber, the Senate president and a Republican, has said there will probably be legislation passed concerning the requirement of burial or cremation of fetal remains.
The two proposals in Ohio seek to clarify existing laws and help ensure the unborn are treated with dignity, the bills’ Republican sponsors say.
On Wednesday, abortion advocates came out in Columbus to articulate their side of the argument.
But the trend seems to be shifting more towards the Right in recent years. Since 1991, 81 percent of all abortion clinics have been closed, with much of that change happening in the most recent years, according to an Operation Rescue Survey.
The survey also shows that today, the United States has 517 surgical abortion clinics and 213 medication abortion clinics. This is the lowest number of such clinics in the past few decades.
In 2015, 53 abortion clinics closed, while another 28 reduced services.
"We have a pro-life state going here, but there is never enough until abortion ends," Paul Coudron, the executive director of Dayton Right to Life, told Dayton Daily News.
Kellie Copeland of NARAL ProChoice Ohio has also been vocal on the subject. "What is sad is that the Ohio Legislature has been so gerrymandered that these politicians have chosen their constituents," she told the Dayton Daily News. "And Ohio voters have been disenfranchised. Anti-choice advocates are exploiting that to pass legislation that does not have the support of the majority of Ohioans and which endangers women’s health."
This is not the first time the Ohio legislature has mandated restrictions on abortion. The legislative body has been passing laws like this one for years.
Among the restrictions passed in Ohio: Ultrasounds are required before an abortion procedure; Planned Parenthood has been defunded; abortion clinics are required to have transfer agreements with a hospital, or have a waiver: public hospitals are not to have transfer agreements with clinics; abortion has been outlawed after 20 weeks: and state rape counselor are not to mention abortion as an option.
Ohio has joined many other states in putting stringent restrictions on abortion.
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