Ohio Right to Life will pursue Dismemberment Abortion Ban

By Dave Andrusko

On Thursday, Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, released its wide-ranging Legislative Agenda for 2017-2018.

Among the six initiative listed is the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, known in other states as the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion ban. This law is on the books in seven states–Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas—and also just passed in the Pennsylvania Senate.

This particularly brutal “technique” uses clamps, forceps, tongs, scissors, or similar instruments to kill a living unborn baby then extracts the dismembered unborn child, piece by piece.

In addition, according to Ohio Right to Life, its agenda includes

• Unborn Child Dignity Act – Requires the humane burial or cremation of an unborn child’s remains following an abortion and increases informed consent.

• Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act – Prohibits using drugs off-label to induce abortions; requires abortion facilities to inform women that chemical abortions can possibly be reversed to save their unborn baby’s life.

• Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act – Prohibits abortions from taking place for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

• Pregnancy and Parenting Support Act – Provides funding for the work of life-affirming pregnancy centers across the state.

• Fetal Organ Trafficking Ban – Prohibits the exchange of any form of compensation for fetal tissue or organs, and would describe the legal penalties for engaging in this trade.

“Ohio Right to Life’s legislative agenda shows a clear path to decreasing that figure [20,000 annual abortions] by supporting life-affirming pregnancy centers and putting a stop to practices that undermine the value of human life,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “We respectfully urge the General Assembly to prioritize these legislative initiatives as a part of our shared goal of ending the abortion crisis in the state of Ohio.”