ORTL Late-Term Abortion Ban Voted Out of the Senate

S.B. 72 progresses to the House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Rachel Schlater

DATE: Wednesday, April 6, 2011                                           PHONE:(614) 547-0099 ext. 309

(COLUMBUS, OH) – Today, the Late-Term Abortion Ban was voted out of the Senate and moved one step closer to saving the lives of unborn children in Ohio. The Ohio Right to Life supported bill passed today by a 24 to 8 vote with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“Soon, abortionists will no longer be able to perform these brutal late-term abortions when the child can feel pain,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director at Ohio Right to Life. “That will be a true victory for human rights.”

The Late-Term Abortion Ban requires physicians to determine the viability of an unborn child if the mother sought an abortion at 20 weeks or later into her pregnancy.  If the child is found to be able to live outside the mother’s womb, the abortion cannot be performed.

S.B. 72,  sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R- Dayton) and 15 additional co-sponsors, would save countless lives every year in the state of Ohio, and would be the most important piece of pro-life legislation Ohio has passed in years. 

“Abortions can currently be performed in Ohio up to the moment of birth, but many doctors agree that a child can live outside the womb after just 22-24 weeks,” Senator Peggy Lehner said.  “This bill will prevent late-term abortions…and help better protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.”

Ohio Right to Life expresses its gratitude to Senate President Tom Niehaus (R – New Richmond)  and our pro-life members of the Ohio Senate. Ohio Right to Life expects S.B. 72 to move to the House of Represenatives soon. 

Click HERE to find contact information for your representatives and urge them to pass this pro-life legislation. 


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