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Ohio House joins Senate in passing Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, bill sent to Gov. DeWine

by | Dec 8, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

Another victory for unborn children in Ohio. This afternoon the House passed SB 157, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act , following an overwhelming Senate vote in favor last October. The bill now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature.

“The bill acknowledges the simple fact that regardless of the circumstances surrounding his or her birth, every child deserves our compassionate care,” said Sen. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, in October when the bill passed the Senate. 

The bill would require that doctors perform life-saving treatment to the baby, as they would to an infant born alive in any other situation. It also requires a report to be created by the Ohio Department of Health for the abortionist to file if a baby is born alive during a botched abortion. 

“Ohio Right to Life applauds committee Chairman Susan Manchester and Speaker Bob Cupp for their incredible pro-life leadership,” said Mary Parker, Director of Legislative Affairs at Ohio Right to Life. “No baby in Ohio, regardless of the circumstances surrounding his or her birth, should be left alone to die. This vital anti-infanticide legislation will ensure that a baby who survives a botched abortion receives life-saving care.”

Parker added, “It will also hold abortionists accountable by establishing a reporting requirement to document when a child is born alive after an attempted abortion. Ohio Right to Life will continue to advocate for the right to life of every defenseless child, both born and unborn.”

Pro-abortion Democrats said the bill was unnecessary and “that most late-term abortions are already banned in Ohio.” 

But state Sen. Terry Johnson said “a U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report found at least 143 infants died nationwide following an attempted abortion in a 12-year span,” according to Jim Gaines of the Dayton Daily News. (Of course, these are only the reported cases.) “Medical science is constantly improving, so fetuses not considered viable in the past may be so in a few years.”

“This bill doesn’t only apply to today, it applies to the future,” he said.

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