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Ohio Lawmakers Pass Another Abortion Ban

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth
Associated Press

The Ohio House has passed a bill that bans a surgical procedure commonly used in abortions. It’s the second abortion-related bill to pass in this lame-duck session, following the six-week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill.”

This bill outlaws “dilation and extraction,” a surgical procedure used for abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion opponents call the procedure “dismememberment abortion,” and unlike the “Heartbeat Bill,” this ban has the backing of Ohio Right to Life.

The bill passed by a large margin, 62-27, enough to override a potential veto. Republican state Rep. Nathan Manning pointed out the ban does not affect miscarriages.

“Dismemberment abortion does not include a procedure performed after the death of the unborn child to extract any remaining parts of the unborn child," Manning says.

Democratic state Rep. Tavia Galonski says she has problems with the bill because it doesn’t exempt victims of rape or incest.

“The state should not be involved,” Galonski says. “The government should not be involved in these decisions.”

The Senate has concurred on a small change the House made to the bill, and it now goes to Gov. John Kasich. Kasich said he would veto the “Heartbeat Bill,” but has not indicated what he might do with this abortion ban. It's likely Kasich will approve the "dilation and extraction" ban while vetoing the "Heartbeat Bill," similar to what he did in 2016.

Kasich has signed 20 abortion-related bills into law during his time as governor.

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.