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Ohio bill would ban abortions, create criminal charges for women seeking them

COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) - All abortions would be banned in Ohio under a proposal introduced by Republican state lawmakers.

House Bill 565 would prohibit abortions even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life. Lawmakers in Kentucky are considering a similar ban.

Click here to download and read the entire bill (pdf).

Cleveland.com reports the proposal would allow criminal charges against pregnant women seeking abortions and would characterize an "unborn human" as a person under Ohio's criminal code regarding homicide. Doctors could also be charged with murder or sued for the wrongful deaths of aborted fetuses.

The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio criticized the proposal, saying it could let doctors face murder charges punishable by prison or death sentences.

Reps. Ron Hood, of Ashville, and Nino Vitale, of Urbana, sponsored the measure, and more House Republicans signed on.

Ohio has incrementally added abortion restrictions in recent years. Last week, a judge put on hold a state ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.


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