After Roe, abortion will still be legal until the unborn baby is considered viable or before the 20th week of the pregnancy. Connect with your local family policy council to stay up-to-date on the pro-life movement in your state—now and after Roe. Then, keep reading to find out more about what abortion law would be in your state after Roe.Connect with Center for Christian Virtue
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws would be in your state after Roe.
The Big Question
After Roe, will my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
Ohio will continue to ban abortion after viability or 20 weeks gestation after Roe is overturned. Read more about Ohio’s abortion restrictions below.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Abortion is prohibited either post-viability (Ohio Rev. Code § 2919.17(E) (2011)) or after twenty weeks (§ 2919.201(A) (2017)), whichever comes earlier.
Abortion is prohibited if the mother is seeking to abort due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome in the unborn child. Ohio Rev. Code § 2919.10(B) (2018).
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
Yes: It is an exception to the post-viability ban to prevent the death of the mother or substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. Ohio Rev. Code § 2919.201(B)(1)(b) (2017).
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
Abortion after viability is a fourth-degree felony. Ohio Rev. Code § 2919.17(F) (2021).
Performing or inducing an abortion without informed consent after viability is a misdemeanor on the first degree and a fourth-degree felony. Ohio Rev. Code § 2919.194(E) (2019).
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Consent and notification are not required. Ohio Rev. Code § 2151.85(A) (2013).
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Yes: A refusal to perform or participate in an abortion is not grounds for disciplinary or recriminatory actions. Ohio Rev. Code § 4731.91(D) (1974).
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Yes: One must be a physician to conduct abortions in Ohio. Ohio Rev. Code § 2919.201(F) (2021).
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Yes: The physician is required to inform the mother of risks, nature of abortion, and probable gestational age. Ohio Rev. Code § 2317.56(B)(1) (2021).
Consent must be given voluntarily and knowingly. Ohio Rev. Code § 2317.56(B)(4)(b) (2021).