COLUMBUS - 

State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township) applauded the passage of House Bill 214 last week, legislation prohibiting abortions on unborn children who have or may have Down syndrome.


The legislation, also known as “The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act,” prohibits anyone from performing or inducing an abortion if that person has knowledge that the diagnosis or test result indicating Down syndrome in an unborn child is the reason for seeking the abortion.


House Bill 214, which was joint-sponsored by Reps. Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), also requires medical professionals to distribute up-to-date, evidence-based information on Down syndrome to parents who receive the diagnosis.


“I am so pleased that the General Assembly has taken action to protect these wonderful children,” said Rep. Becker.


Violation of the statute is a fourth-degree felony and would result in the State Medical Board revoking a physician’s license. A physician would also be liable for compensation to any person who sustains injury, death, or loss from the prohibited abortion. The legislation grants criminal immunity for a pregnant woman on whom it was performed.


House Bill 214 heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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John Becker Sworn In As State Representative Of The 65th House District

 
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State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township – Clermont Co.) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 65th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northwest Clermont County.