Senate District 3
Tina Maharath
Maharath Condemns Senate's Passage of "Born Alive" Bill
October 27, 2021
Today, state Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) released the following statement condemning the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 157:

“I am disappointed that today Senate Republicans voted to pass Senate Bill 157. This piece of legislation further stigmatizes abortion care in Ohio and would be harmful to patients and health care providers. Health care providers are already required by law to provide appropriate medical care in all situations and state law already requires information about abortions to be reported to the Ohio Department of Health. The only remaining functions of this bill are to criminalize abortion providers and push false narratives about abortion care. Abortion care is health care and Ohioans deserve access to it. This bill would put additional strain on abortion providers, and push that access further out of reach.” 

The so-called “born alive” legislation would expand the existing abortion manslaughter charges by creating a new criminal penalty for physicians who fail to provide additional, often unnecessary medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion. Live births after abortions are extremely unlikely and current Ohio law already protects babies in such rare instances.
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