Ohio GOP lawmakers are introducing abortion bans modeled after Texas law

Republican lawmakers in Ohio want to repeat the abortion ban passed in Texas and face a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court.

House Bill 480, introduced Tuesday, would allow anyone to sue a doctor who performs an abortion, or someone who “helps or promotes” an abortion. Anyone who performs or assists with an abortion can risk a fine of at least $ 10,000 per month.

The bill contains a broad definition of abortion, including a ban on administering, acquiring or selling any instrument, medicine or medicine to terminate a pregnancy. The proposal would add the language to Ohio law: “All human beings are created equal and by their creator are endowed with certain inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The bill goes a step further than Texas law by banning all abortions instead of just those after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

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