Action alert: Update on proposed Ohio abortion ban

State Rep. Lorraine Fende introduced legislation Tuesday to ban all abortions for all Ohio women after 22 weeks.

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.”

NARAL Ohio is urging pro-choice Ohioans to tell the House this legislation is unacceptable by writing Rep. Fende and the representative for their district.


6 thoughts on “Action alert: Update on proposed Ohio abortion ban

  1. What queer people, and all the women of the state need to know, is that Lorraine Fende is trying to score some kind of obscure political points by introducing a cruel and offensive measure that doesn’t prevent many abortions — and the few it does prevent come at great pain and expense. The bill contains a raft of exceptions, covering virtually every reason that women now have abortions after 22 weeks. These abortions are a fraction of the abortions in Ohio, according to the state Department of Health website, and virtually all are women who desperately wanted the baby but found out that carrying the pregnancy to term would be a threat to her life or health, or that her baby was dead in the womb or catastrophically deformed. As I read the bill, the first three categories would be absolved, while catastrophically deformed fetuses would have to be carried to term — no word on who will pay the astronomical medical bills. what this really does is take the most heartbroken and vulnerable women and at a moment of their greatest tragedy rip their medical decisions away from themselves, their partners, and their own doctor and turn their medical decisions over to government-dictated doctors, compounding their tragedy. Since we’re probably looking at a few dozen abortions prevented annually and mostly of babies that won’t live anyway, the only reason for this immoral cruelty can be that somehow, Fender thinks someone will reward her for it. While it is unlikely — voters for whom this is a litmus-test issue — will ALWAYS pick the anti-choice Republican over the anti-choice Democrat, and Democratic women I know in her district will never vote for her again under any circumstances, we must make sure the Democratic Party doesn’t let this go, and that it makes sure she is punished for straying this far off the reservation. Any Republican who did this on their issues would be ruthlessly smacked down. Make sure your voice is heard. I hear she is hoping to run for the Senate, as she is term-limited. Tell the party she’s an unacceptable candidate.

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