By 25-6 vote, Ohio Senate advances Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

By Dave Andrusko

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate, in an overwhelming vote of 25-6, passed the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act which would protect babies who survive an abortion. The bill now moves onto the House. 

Senate Bill 157 would require a report to be created by the Ohio Department of Health for the abortionist to file if a baby is born alive during a botched abortion. It would also require that the doctors perform life-saving treatment on the baby, as they would to an infant born alive in any other situation.

Jessie Palmer, reporting for the Columbus Dispatch, wrote

If passed, a doctor would need to provide post-birth care for the infant, call for assistance from an emergency medical services provider and arrange for a transfer to a hospital.

“Ohio Right to Life applauds Senator Huffman and Senator Johnson, both of whom are licensed physicians in Ohio, for their incredible pro-life leadership,” said Allie Frazier, director of communications for Ohio Right to Life. “No baby in Ohio, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their birth, should be left alone to die.”

Frazier noted, “This vital anti-infanticide legislation will ensure that no baby who survives a botched abortion is denied life-saving care. It will also hold abortionists accountable by establishing a much-needed reporting requirement to document when a child is born alive after an attempted abortion. Ohio Right to Life will continue to advocate for the right to life of every defenseless child, both born and unborn.”

The bill “acknowledges the simple fact that regardless of the circumstances surrounding his or her birth, every child deserves our compassion and care,” said Sen. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott.

“The heart of the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act is quite simple: no helpless newborn child should be left alone to die,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. 

Opponents, as they always do, insisted the legislation is unnecessary. State Sen. Cecil Thomas asked what SB 157 would do beyond what is already included in Ohio law.

“Sen. Thomas, you are free to vote however you’d like,” replied Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson. “If you would like to vote against a bill that would protect babies that have been born alive, that’s your prerogative.”