Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Thomas Condemns Transfer-Agreement Amendment to "Born Alive" Bill
Says it could force the closure of abortion clinics in Cincinnati and Dayton
October 27, 2021

Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) condemned an amendment added to Senate Bill 157 in Government Oversight and Reform committee that would limit abortion clinics’ ability to contract with physicians as the consulting doctor if they also worked at a public medical college or other public institution.

“The amendment that was added today will severely limit the number of available physicians and further endanger the health and safety of women and their constitutional right to choose.   I worry its impact will force the clinics in Dayton and Cincinnati to close,” Thomas said. “ Many, including single parents and the poor will be negatively affected. We cannot prevent Ohioans from having safe and accessible reproductive health care.”

The so-called “born alive” legislation would expand the existing “abortion manslaughter” charges by creating a new criminal penalty for physicians who fail to provide additional, often unnecessary medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion. Ohio law already protects babies in such rare instances, making the bill cruel and unnecessary.

“I am disgusted by Republicans’ latest attack on reproductive rights and women’s right to make informed decisions about their own health,” Thomas said.

S. B. 157 would allow patients to sue physicians. The bill would also impose a possible first-degree felony charge for medical providers on the case, as well as a third-degree felony charge for a failure to complete the reporting paperwork required under this bill.

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