Down syndrome

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

At the beginning of 2017, as President Trump took office, Ohio lawmakers were focused on the new two-year state budget.

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Ohio Senate has passed another abortion ban – this one aimed at diagnoses of Down Syndrome – sparking a silent protest from abortion rights activists in the Senate chamber.

When a pregnant woman finds out that she's likely to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome, she's often given the option to terminate the pregnancy. But families affected by the genetic disorder, which causes developmental delays, are conflicted over whether such abortions should be legal.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio House approved a bill banning abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. If approved by the Senate and signed into law, Ohio would become just the third state in the country with such a ban.

Opponents of the bill made a banner of petition signatures of people who also oppose it and left it at Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger's office.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio House is set to vote on a bill banning abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Opponents of the bill made a banner of petition signatures of people who also oppose it and left it at Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger's office.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

An Ohio House committee has passed a bill that would make the state the third in the country to ban abortion after a Down Syndrome diagnosis has been made. Doctors who perform abortions after that point would be held liable and could lose their licenses to practice.

Karen Kasler

The Ohio House could vote as soon as Wednesday on a bill that would criminalize abortions that are performed after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

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Parental love. Women's rights. The trust between doctor and patient.

These are some of emotional issues at play as Ohio becomes the latest state to consider banning abortion if it's based on a diagnosis that a baby would be born with Down syndrome.