Reps. Patmon, Conditt Introduce Bill To Address Ohio's Infant Mortality Rate
Legislation also prohibits state funds from supporting elective abortions

State Representatives Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) and Margy Conditt (R-Liberty Township) introduced legislation today to redirect funding to state programs focused on improving Ohio’s infant mortality rate.

A 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control revealed Ohio’s infant mortality rate to be 7.72, which ranks 47th in the country. Infant mortality rate is calculated by the number of deaths of infants under one year old per 1,000 live births.

“Every life matters from the cradle to the grave,” Patmon said. “This will help fill as many cradles as we can.”

“We want to encourage research and discussion on how we can improve our infant mortality rate, and we believe state funding should be used for those kinds of programs, rather than programs that support or promote elective abortions,” Conditt said.

The bill also requires the Ohio Department of Health to ensure that no state funds are used to perform or promote elective abortions, as well as prohibiting contracts with entities that perform these procedures. That stipulation extends to funds received from the federal initiatives, such as:

  • The Violence Against Women Act of 1994

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990

  • Infertility Prevention Project (operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  • Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative (operated by the Office of Minority Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services)

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