COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed Senate Bill 157, the Born Alive Protection Act, to protect the lives of a child who is born alive after a failed abortion. State representative Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) voted yes in support of the bill.
“As the chair of the Families, Aging and Human Services Committee I heard some of the first-hand accounts of what happens when an abortion fails,” said Manchester. “We must protect the lives of these children and with this legislation we now have regulations for doctors to act.”
Under the bill, a physician who performs or attempts an abortion in which a child is born alive to immediately provide life-saving care. Additionally, if the physician who performs the abortion does not attempt to save the child if they are born alive, they can be sued for being guilty of abortion manslaughter.
The bill also includes a new requirement, stating that a physician must submit monthly and annual reports to the Ohio Department of Health summarizing the data available to their facility, and failure to do so will result in possible legal repercussions.
Senate Bill 157 will now head to the governor’s office.