Legislative Alert: Urge Governor Kasich to Veto the Abortion Ban

Last week, the Ohio legislature passed the Down syndrome abortion ban (HB214) out of the House and Senate. The legislation would charge a doctor with a fourth degree felony if they performed an abortion procedure for a woman if the reason for seeking to terminate the pregnancy is in part due to a Down syndrome diagnosis.
During a time when Ohio women and families are facing a complex prenatal diagnosis, lawmakers should not stand in the way of a health care decision that should, instead, be a decision informed by comprehensive medical information and made in consultation with a woman’s family and doctor. This legislation

The bill was delivered to Governor Kasich for consideration, and he has until the end of the day on December 27 to either sign it into law, veto it, or allow it to pass into law without his name on it. If signed, it would be the 20th restriction to abortion and reproductive health he has signed since taking office in 2011. 

Join us in calling on Governor Kasich to veto this unconstitutional abortion ban. Here’s how you can take action:

1  Call Governor Kasich: Call his office at (614) 466-3555 and urge him to veto this unconstitutional abortion ban (HB214), which is a clear intrusion on the doctor-patient relationship. Tell him that as a pre-viability abortion ban, the bill is blatantly unconstitutional and that a similar abortion ban was blocked in Indiana earlier this year.
2  Email Governor Kasich: Sign the petition from our partners at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio urging Governor Kasich to veto this harmful legislation. You can also use this letter writing tool from our partners at Innovation Ohio Education Fund urging a veto of HB214.