A post-viability abortion is only permitted in Ohio when necessary to avoid the death of the pregnant women or it there is a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman. Two physicians must verify the medical necessity.
Ohio requires an abortion provider to offer a woman the opportunity to view an ultrasound and to obtain a copy of the image when an ultrasound and to obtain a copy of the image when an ultrasound is performed as part of the preparation for an abortion.
Ohio follows the federal standard for Medicaid funding for abortions permitting the use of federal or state matching Medicaid funds for abortions necessary to preserve the life of the woman of when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
Under Ohio criminal law, the killing of an unborn child at any stage of gestation is homicide and it defines a nonfatal assault on an unborn child as a crime.
Ohio has a "baby Moses" law, establishing a safe haven for mothers to legally leave their infants at designated places and ensuring the infants receive appropriate care and protection.
Ohio maintains no laws regarding human cloning or destructive embryo research; however, it bans fetal experimentation.
Ohio has declared that assisted suicide is against public policy; however, state law does not criminalize the practice. Under existing Ohio law, an injunction may be issued to prevent a healthcare professional from participating in a suicide, and assisting a suicide is grounds for professional discipline.
Ohio does protect those medical professionals who do not wish to participate in an abortion, but currently provides no protection for the rights of healthcare providers who conscientiously object to participation in human cloning, destructive embryo research, or other forms of medical research that violate a provider's moral or religious beliefs.
Greater Toledo Right to Life 5726 Southwyck Blvd., Ste. 120 Toledo, Ohio 43614 phone: (419)535-5800