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Protest At Ohio Statehouse Over Controversial Abortion Bill Being Considered Tomorrow

Abortion supporters shut down Ohio Senate session
Jo Ingles
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Statehouse News Bureau
Abortion supporters shut down Ohio Senate session

Supporters of legal abortion said the so called "trigger ban" bill would hurt Ohio's women.

A hearing is set for tomorrow morning on a bill that would immediately ban abortion in Ohio if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe versus Wade in a Mississippi case that will be argued in December. The bill is known as a "trigger ban" and it would also make illegal the "promoting abortion” possessing, selling or advertising “drugs, medicine, instrument or device to cause an abortion.”

abortion ban protestors at Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles
abortion ban protestors at Ohio Statehouse

Supporters of legal abortion chanted outside the Statehouse then marched into the Senate and unfurled a banner before being escorted out. Among them – 85-year-old Sylvia Holmes of Medina who worries Roe will be overturned.

“I have great fear that it could. That’s why we are here," Holmes said.

ABORTION PROTEST AT SENATE PODIUM
DANIEL KONIK
Abortion rights protesters wave a banner in front of the Senate President's podium before being quickly escorted back to the gallery by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

State senators left the chamber as the abortion ban protestors were entering the chamber.

There is an exception in the bill for abortions when they pose a serious risk to the pregnant person’s life. But that person is required to submit a written certification and ensure there are “appropriate neonatal services for premature infants must exist at the facility where the physician performs or induces the abortion.”

abortion supporters protest outside Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles
abortion supporters protest outside Ohio Statehouse

Aileen Day, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, calls the bill "extreme" and says it would cause Ohio women to have to travel out of state to get abortions. She says there have been 30. abortion bans and restrictions in Ohio since 2011.

The founder of Ohio’s Pro-Life Caucus backs the bill. Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) says they believe life begins at fertilization. You can read her complete statement here.

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