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Ohio's nonsensical attack on abortion rights

Ohio's nonsensical attack on abortion rights

A bill in the Ohio Legislature that would ban a woman from having an abortion solely because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome is blatantly unconstitutional and probably unenforceable.

The bill, still winding its way through the Ohio House of Representatives, would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if he or she knows the pregnant woman is seeking the procedure to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. It would also require the state to revoke the doctor's license if the procedure were conducted.

What sets this bill apart from most of the other state antiabortion bills proposed over the last few years is its focus on the woman's motivation. It if...

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