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Ohio Bill Prohibiting Abortion if Fetus Has or May Have Down Syndrome (HB 214)

This law was last updated on Mar 14, 2018

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 214




May 9, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 2


Genetic Anomalies, Physicians Reporting Requirements, Reporting Requirements

Full Bill Text

HB 214 prohibits a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant individual who is seeking the abortion because of any of the following:

  • a test result indicating Down Syndrome in a fetus;
  • a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome in a fetus; or
  • any other reason to believe that a fetus has Down syndrome.

Anyone who violates this law would be guilty of a felony of the fourth degree.  A physician may have their medical license revoked by the state medical board and be liable in a civil action if they are found to have violated this provision.

Reporting Requirements

When filling abortion reports, the bill requires a physician to indicate that the attending physician did not have knowledge that the pregnant patient was seeking the abortion , in whole or in part, because of any of the following:

  • A test result indicating Down syndrome;
  • A prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome;
  • Any other reason to believe that a fetus has Down syndrome.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 164.

Similar to HB 135, which failed to pass in 2015.


Passed the house on November 1, 2017, by a 64-31 vote.

Passed the senate on December 13, 2017, by a 20-12 vote.

Signed by Gov. John Kasich (R) on December 22, 2017.

Update #1

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction on March 14, 2018, blocking the law from taking effect.


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