Ohio Governor Mike DeWine enacted a bill on Dec. 22 requiring doctors to take rescue measures on babies born alive during attempted abortions, or face criminal charges.
According to Legislative Service Commission, Senate Bill 157 expands the crime of manslaughter by abortion to include failure to provide medical care to babies born alive after an abortion and allows the affected mother to sue the doctor for wrongful death. The consequences for doctors who do not act could range from loss of medical license to incarceration, according to the Legislative Service Commission.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, between 2004-2014, 143 babies were born alive during an abortion procedure and died later.
Under the Ohio Revised Code, manslaughter by abortion occurs when a person deliberately kills a child born alive during an attempted abortion while it is removed from the mother’s womb.
In one declarationOhio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik said he was happy the bill passed.
“Gov. DeWine and Republican lawmakers in Ohio have been courageous advocates for the most vulnerable among us: unborn children, ”said Paduchik. “Every child deserves compassion and care, and the ‘Born Alive Law’ will help protect and preserve innocent lives.”
Before the adoption of the bill, Ohio law required clinics offering surgical abortions to maintain a written transfer agreement with a local hospital in the event of an emergency.
The bill also prohibits abortion clinics from working with physicians who teach at taxpayer-funded hospitals and medical schools, including the state of Ohio.
Dr Adarsh Krishen, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said in a press release there is no reason why doctors should be prevented from providing relief coverage to abortion providers.
“There is no medical justification for prohibiting qualified and experienced physicians from agreeing to provide relief coverage for abortion providers under a waiver,” Krishen said. “In fact, if the state was truly concerned about patient safety, such doctors would be ideal.”
Dan Tierney, DeWine’s press secretary, said the bill aligned with the governor’s beliefs about protecting the unborn child.
“Govt. DeWine has long believed that government has a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable in society, ”Tierney said. “This includes unborn children. “
According to the bill, the state will also require the Ohio Department of Health to develop a “child survival form” that a doctor would be required to complete each time a child was born alive after a child. abortion. The form records information about the attending physician, facility and procedure, and would be kept confidential, as required by law.
The bill also requires facilities where children are born alive after an abortion to submit a monthly and annual report to the Ohio Department of Health. The ministry will use the data for an annual report summarizing its findings.
Alexis Humphries, third year in political science and communications and treasurer of Generation Action at Ohio State, said the law was not surprising.
“This bill is a direct attack on the bodily autonomy of Ohioans,” Humphries said. “It’s not surprising given the 30 previous legislative attacks that Ohio Republicans have introduced since 2011, but that doesn’t mean we’ll back down.”