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Ohio Lawmakers Approve 20th Abortion Restriction Under Kasich

Ohio Lawmakers Approve 20th Abortion Restriction Under Kasich

The Ohio legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit women from getting abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis.

"I'm more than glad to say that, of course, I would sign that", Kasich who now has 10 days to sign the bill into law said.

Under this law, medical professionals could lose their license and face felony charges, including jail time, for performing an abortion due to a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis.

The Indiana measure, enacted in 2016, has been blocked by a federal judge, who ruled the state has no authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.

If Governor Kasich signs the bill, OH will become the third state (after IN and North Dakota) to pass a law prohibiting abortions due to fetal anomalies.

"Every Ohioan deserves the right to life, no matter how many chromosomes they have", said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, who added that he expected Governor Kasich to sign the legislation into law, as he'd promised in 2015.

Proponents of the law are optimistic that Kasich will approve the measure, given that the Republican governor has passed over a dozen laws which have limited abortion protections or funding in the past six years. He is a staunch abortion opponent, and earlier this year he called a prohibition on abortion in cases of the genetic disorder "appropriate".

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Both North Dakota and IN have passed similar laws, although the IN measure was blocked by a U.S. District Court judge IN September.

Ohio Rep. Sarah LaTourette, a Republican who introduced the House bill, said it's not an abortion issue but rather an issue of discrimination.

Abortion-rights activists staged a silent protest in the Senate chamber after its approval.

"We should never force any woman to become a parent against her will or question her decisions about pregnancy".

"Kasich should veto it".

"This bill prevents a woman from having honest conversations about her options with her physician following a complicated medical diagnosis", she said.