Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

By Dave Andrusko

On Wednesday, pro-life Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed SB 157, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. The bill requires that doctors perform life-saving treatment to the baby, as they would to an infant born alive in any other situation. It also requires 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. 

“Ohio Right to Life applauds Gov. DeWine and our overwhelmingly pro-life legislature for ensuring that all Ohioans receive life-saving treatment,” said president Mike Gonidakis. “No baby, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their birth, should be left alone to die.”

SB 157 was sponsored by state Sens. Terry Johnson, a retired doctor, and Steve Huffman, a practicing physician.

“Thank you Governor DeWine for standing up for Ohio’s newborns and protecting life at its most vulnerable stage,” said Johnson, “Every child, no matter the circumstances surrounding his or her birth, deserves our compassion and care.” Huffman described the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act as “another step in our continued commitment to uphold the sanctity of human life.”

According to the Associated Press, “In cases of procedures in abortion clinics, doctors must provide care to a baby born alive, call 911 and arrange transportation to a hospital, under the law.”

Ohio SB 157 “also allows for women to sue doctors for a baby’s ‘wrongful death’ if a doctor doesn’t act to save the baby’s life,” said reporter Russell Falcon. “Doctors could also face the loss of their medical licenses.”

Pro-abortion Democrats said the bill was unnecessary and “that most late-term abortions are already banned in Ohio.” 

But state Sen. Johnson said “a U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report found at least 143 infants died nationwide following an attempted abortion in a 12-year span,” according to Jim Gaines of the Dayton Daily News. (Of course, these are only the reported cases.) “Medical science is constantly improving, so fetuses not considered viable in the past may be so in a few years.”

“This bill doesn’t only apply to today, it applies to the future,” he said.