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HB 480: Ohio’s Proposed Total Abortion Ban

Ohio legislators introduced House Bill 480 (HB 480) on November 2, 2021, which is a more extreme copycat bill of Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB 8). HB 480 would make all abortion illegal in Ohio. The only exception would be to save the life of a pregnant person; no exceptions are made for any other reason, including pregnancy that is the result of rape or incest. This bill also contains a “personhood” provision, which changes the definition of “person” to include a fetus, embryo, or pre-embryo at any stage of development, throughout the entire Ohio Revised Code. HB 480 defines abortion as “the act of using, prescribing, administering, procuring, or selling of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance, device, or means with the purpose to terminate [pregnancy].”