COLUMBUS—The Senate passed Senate Bill 208 today, co-sponsored by State Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) which would take important steps to ensure babies who are born-alive after a failed abortion receive the same medical care as other babies, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.
In addition to the medical care provisions, this legislation creates reporting requirements and penalties for the attending physician who fails to report a born-alive baby. While individual stories will remain confidential, the Department of Health will publish annually the number of babies who survive abortions.
Current federal law recognizes that all infants born at any stage of development, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the birth, are “persons.” However, supporters of this legislation believe this recognition alone is insufficient to provide protections for infants born-alive following an attempted abortion.
The Senate today also passed the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act, also co-sponsored by Senator Wilson
This legislation would require doctors prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to also provide written information informing the patient of scientifically proven abortion reversal procedures in the event she changes her mind within the first two days.
"I am once again proud to stand with my colleagues who voted in favor of these critically important pieces of legislation that uphold the dignity and sanctity of human life," said Wilson.
For more information on the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act, click here.