Since 2011, there have been a total of 19 bills signed into law in Ohio that restrict access to abortion and reproductive health care. These restrictions make it more difficult and costly – and sometimes even impossible – for women to access reproductive health care in the state.
In this current 132nd General Assembly, legislators have continued to advance restrictions with a number of new bans moving through the Legislature. And as we head into the last week that legislation can be moved out of the Statehouse and sent to Governor Kasich to be signed before the holiday recess and end of the year, many of those bills are up for hearings or votes in the House and Senate.
Here’s an overview of the bills moving in the Legislature this week:
3:00 PM in Finance Hearing Room:
Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee: Second hearing for proponent testimony on Senate Bill 28 (fetal tissue bill requiring cremation or burial of fetal remains)
3:15 PM in South Hearing Room:
Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee: First hearing for all testimony on House Bill 214 (House-version of the Down syndrome abortion ban
Wednesday, December 13
9:00AM in Statehouse Room 121:
House Health Committee: Fourth hearing with a vote on House Bill 258 (six-week abortion ban, also known as the ‘Heartbeat bill’)
1:30PM – Senate Session:
Likely/possible vote on House Bill 214 (House version of the Down syndrome abortion ban)
1:30PM – House Session:
Likely/possible vote on Senate Bill 164 (Senate-version of the Down syndrome abortion ban)
Thursday, December 14
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM outside of the Ohio Statehouse:
Join our partners Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio and fellow advocates for a ‘Stop The Bans’ rally to send a message to Governor Kasich that Ohioans will not stand for more restrictions to abortion and reproductive health care. Find out more here.
3 Get active on social media: Use the hashtag #StopTheBans to add your voice to the conversation and tell legislators to stop advancing harmful restrictions to reproductive health care access.