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Rep. Riedel Applauds Passage of Bill Prohibiting Abortions on Unborn Children with Down Syndrome

November 1, 2017
Craig S. Riedel News

State Representative Craig S. Riedel (R-Defiance) today applauded the passage of House Bill 214, legislation prohibiting abortions on unborn children who have or may have Down syndrome.

The legislation, also known as “The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act,” prohibits anyone from performing or inducing an abortion if that person has knowledge that the diagnosis or test result indicating Down syndrome in an unborn child is the reason for seeking the abortion.

House Bill 214, which was joint-sponsored by Reps. Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), also requires medical professionals to distribute up-to-date, evidence-based information on Down syndrome to parents who receive the diagnosis.

“As a staunch pro-life defender, I am extremely pleased that my fellow legislators agree that all life ought to be protected,” Riedel said. “This legislation defends the lives of innocent children. All life is precious.”

Violation of the statute is a fourth-degree felony and would result in the State Medical Board revoking a physician’s license. A physician would also be liable for compensation to any person who sustains injury, death, or loss from the prohibited abortion. The legislation grants criminal immunity for a pregnant woman on whom it was performed.

House Bill 214 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.