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Ohio Bill Expanding the Crime of ‘Abortion Trafficking’ (HB 149)

This law was last updated on May 22, 2017

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 149




Mar 22, 2017


Co-sponsors: 23
Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 25


Fetal Tissue, Human Embryo and Fetal Research

Full Bill Text

HB 149 would expand the crime and increase the penalty of abortion trafficking.

The bill would prohibit an “abortionist” or a person associated with the “abortionist” from financially benefiting from or receiving any type of compensation for either of the following:

  • Allowing a person who was not involved in the performance of the abortion to have access to the product of human conception that is aborted for the purpose of the person taking control and posession of that product of human conception;
  • Transferring possession and control of the product of human conception that is aborted to a person who was not involved in the performance of the abortion.

The bill defines “abortionist” to mean any person who performs or induces an abortion.

The bill defines “product of human conception” to include organs, tissues, and cells.

A person who violates this act would be guilty of abortion trafficking, a felony of the third degree (previously a misdemeanor of the first degree).

Related Legislation

Similar to SB 203, which failed to pass in 2015.