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Ohio Bill Prohibiting Abortion if the Fetus Has or May Have Down Syndrome (SB 164)

This law was last updated on Aug 27, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




SB 164




Jun 13, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Genetic Anomalies, Reporting Requirements

Full Bill Text

SB 164 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 a test result indicating Down Syndrome in a fetus or a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome in a fetus.

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 about 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 HB 214.

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

Latest Action

Passed the senate on November 15, 2017, by a 20-12 vote.

Passed the house on December 13, 2017.

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

This law is currently blocked.


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