COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced the Senate's passage of legislation yesterday that would prohibit an abortion from being performed if the reason for terminating the pregnancy is due to a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
"The life of every child is precious, regardless of disability. Every child, no matter the circumstance, has the right to life," said Obhof, who co-sponsored the legislation.
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and featured in the New York Times found that approximately 92% of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Women who receive such a diagnosis for their child are often pressured to have an abortion by both family and medical professionals. However, research shows a significant number of false-positives occur in pre-natal diagnoses.
Since 2011, the Ohio Senate has passed more significant legislation to defend unborn children and protect their right to life than at any time since the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark abortion ruling in 1973.
A companion bill to Senate Bill 164 has also recently passed in the Ohio House.