Ohio House Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortion in Cases of Fetal Down Syndrome

June 18, 2015 — The Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 135) banning abortion if sought because of a fetal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

The bill now moves to the House floor.

Specifically, the measure would ban providers from performing an abortion because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

According to the AP/Miami Herald, the bill is an item on the Ohio Right to Life's agenda for this legislative session. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that support abortion rights have voiced opposition to the bill, saying that it unconstitutionally limits women's access to the procedure (AP/Miami Herald, 6/16).