Ohio Republicans Intro “Texas-Style” Abortion Ban Bill

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

Ohio Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban all abortions in Ohio — going further than the Texas anti-abortion law argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. House Bill 480, co-sponsored by more than half of Ohio House Republicans, would ban all abortions in Ohio.

Like the Texas law currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, HB480 would also allow “any person” to file civil lawsuits seeking $10,000 or more against anyone in Ohio who perform abortions or “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion,” including paying for it via insurance.

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The bill is authored by Rep. Jena Powell [photo], who is also behind Ohio’s recent anti-transgender bill. Her anti-trans bill earned her an appearance on hate group leader Tony Perkins’ podcast, where she was hailed as “courageous.”