On 1 November, the Ohio House of Representatives approved a draft bill banning abortions based on prenatal screening for Down syndrome. The document aims to introduce sanctions against doctors who perform abortions under these circumstances. It has yet to be approved by the Senate.
A second draft bill is also under scrutiny in this state. It seeks to ban abortions from detection of the first foetal heartbeat. It once again features on the agenda of the House of Representatives, despite opposition from the governor (see Ohio: governor opposes draft bill banning abortion following detection of a foetal heart beat). Those in favour of the bill want to challenge the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalised abortion in the United States.
Washington times (1/11/2017)