COLUMBUS — The Ohio House Committee on Criminal Justice has scheduled Senate Bill 145, the abortion method ban, for a vote on Tuesday, December 11.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “For anyone who thinks this new abortion ban is somehow less extreme than the so-called ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ the truth is it is not. Both bills will result in doctors leaving Ohio rather than being forced to choose between practicing medicine according to the standard of care, or facing criminal penalties. Both bills will result in doctor shortages at a time when our state is in the midst of a devastating maternal and infant mortality crisis. Either bill would be devastating to women seeking care and must be stopped.”

To clarify the differences, or lack thereof, between the abortion method ban and House Bill 258, the six-week abortion ban (AKA the “Heartbeat Bill”), NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has provided the comparison chart below.

Six-week abortion ban Abortion
method ban
Removes a woman’s ability to make her own personal medical decisions
 
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Federal judges blocked proposal as an unconstitutional abortion ban in every state where challenged
 
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Would ban safest, most-common method of second-trimester surgical abortion
 
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Would result in expensive court battle for taxpayers
 
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Forces women out of state for medical care, if they can afford it
 
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Would criminalize doctors
 
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Would stop doctors from providing the best medical care for patients
 
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No exception for rape
 
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No exception for incest
 
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Inadequate exception to protect health of the woman
 
✔︎ ✔︎
Designed to challenge Roe v. Wade
 
✔︎ ✔︎
Bill language not based in accurate medical science
 
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Sponsors use inaccurate, inflammatory language
 
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Opposed by the Ohio State Medical Association
 
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Opposed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 
✔︎ ✔︎

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