COLUMBUS - The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday, sponsored by State Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and State Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville), that would prohibit dismemberment or "dilation and evacuation" abortions—one of the most gruesome abortion procedures currently allowed in Ohio. 

"It is the duty of the state to protect the rights of it’s citizens,” said Senator Huffman. "Our caucus is committed to protecting the health and well-being of Ohio’s pregnant women and babies and this legislation reflects that commitment." 

Senate Bill 145 would make it a fourth degree felony to perform this type of abortion which occurs when the living, unborn child is cut and extracted piece by piece. An exception is made to preserve the life or physical health of the mother. This procedure commonly takes place between 13-24 weeks in the pregnancy when pain receptors are developing in the baby's body and the baby can respond directly to touch. Approximately 3,000 of these types of abortions were performed in Ohio in 2015.

“I strongly believe that we have a duty to advocate on behalf of the unborn,” added Wilson. “Senate Bill 145 takes a great step toward further protecting our most vulnerable Ohioans and I am proud to support this legislation.”

Since 2011, the Ohio Senate has passed significant legislation to defend unborn children and protect their right to life than at any time since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling in 1973.  

 
 
 
  
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