Ohio ‘Dismemberment Abortion’ Ban (SB 145)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2017
SB 145 would prohibit a person from knowingly performing or attempting to perform a “dismemberment abortion” when the “dismemberment abortion” is not necessary to preserve the life or physical health of the pregnant patient as a result of the patient’s life or physical health being endangered by a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.
The bill defines “dismemberment abortion” to mean:
[…]with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, to dismember a living unborn child and extract the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors, or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off. “Dismemberment abortion” includes a dismemberment abortion during which a suction is used after the death of the unborn child to extract any remaining parts of the unborn child.
Whoever violates this provision would be guilty of “dismemberment feticide,” a felony of the fourth degree.
The bill would amend current law to remove any reference which permits the dilation and evacuation procedure of abortion.
This law targets a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is frequently used during second-trimester abortions. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an abortion using suction aspiration can be performed up to 14 weeks’ gestation, but after 14 weeks the D and E procedure must be used to perform an abortion. As such, dilation and evacuation bans, depending upon their language, may ban all surgical abortion past 14 weeks’ gestation. (Source.)
Based on model legislation drafted by the National Right to Life Committee.
Passed the senate on June 28, 2017, by a 24-9 vote.