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Ohio's Newest Abortion Restriction Passes Senate Along Party Lines

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau
Supporters wearing fetus shirts seated in front, women dressed like handmaids in back.

The Ohio Senate passed a controversial bill that bans the abortion method most often used after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill now heads to the Ohio House, where it is expected to win easy approval. Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law. And if that happens, abortion rights advocates say they will likely sue.

SB 145, which bans "dilation and extraction" abortions, passed along party lines with majority Republicans, such as Senator Peggy Lehner, voting for it.

“It has no place for people who care about the sanctity of human life," Lehner said.

Democrats disagreed and so did women who were in the chambers, dressed as handmaids from the series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They were responsible for a short outburst after the vote was confirmed, chanting ”Shame, Shame, Shame.”

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.