Republican legislative leaders, while welcoming the overturn of Roe, have said they’ll likely wait until after the Nov. 8 election to reconvene and consider further abortion legislation.
Other bills are pending such as House Bill 598, sponsored by state Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland; and its Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 123, sponsored by state Sens. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, and Sandra O’Brien, R-Ashtabula, which would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions.
Currently none of those bills include exceptions for rape or incest. Under previous laws, abortion was already illegal in Ohio past 20 weeks’ gestation, or 22 weeks past the woman’s last menstrual period.