COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Senate Democrats opposed the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 145, which would criminalize and create civil action for the most common type of second trimester abortion. The medical term for this procedure is “Dilation and Evacuation” (D&E). Senate Democrats were disheartened and angered by this Republican attack on the rights of women and their access to safe and legal abortions.

95% of second trimester abortions are performed using the D&E method. Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the World Health Organization have endorsed the D&E method for second trimester abortions. ACOG notes the procedure is “evidence-based and medically preferred because it results in the fewest complications for women.” When drafting this bill, no medical associations were consulted. 

Four other states – Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana – have introduced similar pieces of legislation. All are currently held up in court because of issues regarding their constitutionality. 

Members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements after SB 145 passed the Senate on Wednesday:

Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), Assistant Senate Minority Leader:

“The Senate majority cares nothing about the women whose physicians are recommending the procedure known as “D&E” as the safest, most evidenced-based legal medical abortion procedure. The Ohio legislature is more interested in practicing fake medicine without a license than protecting the health, life, and safety of Ohio women."

Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), Assistant Senate Minority Whip:

"Safe and legal abortion is the law of the land, but SB 145 bans the safest abortion procedure – the one doctors support. It leaves Ohio women with less reliable options, putting their health and well being at risk. The bottom line: we should trust medical professionals on medical issues. I cannot support this bill.” 

Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman):

“Senate Democrats listened to the medical experts who testified against SB 145. They informed us that this procedure is safe, common, and often necessary. But instead of listening to the doctors, my colleagues have chosen to legislate opinion and take more freedoms away from Ohio women. 

“Even though my colleagues didn’t want to listen to doctors on this issue, they should have paid attention to the money. We know from watching other states that it could cost Ohio millions of dollars to defend this bill in court. We just passed a budget full of painful cuts. Are we really prepared to spend tax dollars defending this ban?”

 
 
 
  
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