Ohio Bill Prohibiting Abortion if the Fetus Has or May Have Down Syndrome (SB 164)
This law was last updated on Aug 27, 2019
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.
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.
Companion bill to HB 214.
Similar to HB 135, which failed to pass in 2015.
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.