The cut-off date of 22 weeks is before the time a woman carrying a planned for and/or wanted pregnancy could find out if she faces complications or a fetal anomaly.
Fende, a Democrat from Lake County, originally introduced the bill in the final days of the previous session of the Ohio House as HB 611. Because that session of the legislature ended, the bill was reintroduced as HB 7.
She reached out to newly elected lawmakers for their support on this bill in December, well before they were sworn into office. In her memo to her colleagues, state Rep. Lorraine Fende said, “it is my hope that hearings will be held [on the proposed abortion ban] before we start the debate on the budget.”