Ohio passed a law banning Down syndrome-related abortions on December 22, bringing Governor John Kasich's total of anti-abortion bills signed to 20 since taking office in 2010.
The bill signed into law by Kasich, H.B. 214, now levies a charge of a fourth-degree felony — punishable with up to 18 months of prison time — on any physician who performs an abortion on a patient knowing of, or even expressing concerns regarding, a Down syndrome diagnosis.
Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist for the ACLU of Ohio, explained why this bill and others like it are the means rather than the end:
“The Supreme Court is changing, there is a new president, older justices are retiring — the strategy is let’s get as many anti-choice bills through legislatures around the country including here in Ohio and let them work their way up to the Supreme Court of the United States and become an invitation to overturn Roe v. Wade and all the other decisions affirming Roe v. Wade. That’s their long game here — to get before the Supreme Court,” Daniels explains to Yahoo Lifestyle.