State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) 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.
"It is beyond comprehension that in 2017 we would even consider terminating a life because of Down syndrome,” said Koehler. “I proudly stand with Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Derek Merrin as the Ohio House makes it clear that all life is precious and worth protecting."
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.