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Keep up to date on the latest reproductive health care issues in Ohio and find out how you can fight back. 

Current Legislation:

As legislation is introduced, you will be able to read below for the latest information on legislation in the 135th Ohio General Assembly, which started January 2023 and will end in December 2024. 

As legislation is introduced, we will provide ways for you to take action. You can subscribe to our emails to stay updated on the status of reproductive rights across Ohio. 

This page was last updated on June 27, 2024.

Good Legislation

Legislation that PPAO supports and is working to pass. 

Senate Joint Resolution 3: Election Day Voter Registration

On May 15, 2023, Senator Paula Hicks-Hudson (D) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3. SJR 3 would allow someone to register to vote on Election Day and then vote in that election. 

SJR 3 was referred to the Senate General Government Committee on May 17, 2023. The resolution has yet to receive any hearings.  

Senate Bill 132: The Ohio Fairness Act

Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio introduced The Ohio Fairness Act on June 29, 2023.

The Ohio Fairness Act would protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing, and accommodations. Ohio's laws do not currently protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Dozens of localities in Ohio have taken the initiative to pass local versions of these protections. However, if you live in one locality and work in another, you can lose your rights on your daily commute.

So far in the 135th General Assembly, 8 bills have been introduced that directly target the LGBTQ+ community. The attacks against the LGBTQ+ community are not isolated incidents, but rather are part of a growing campaign from elected officials to dehumanize LGBTQ+ people. 

The bill was referred to the Government Oversight Committee in the Ohio Senate on September 13, 2023.

Senate Bill 222: Designate Reproductive Freedom Day

On February 6, 2024, Senator Bill DeMora (D) introduced Senate Bill 222. This bill would designate January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as "Reproductive Freedom Day." This bill acknowledges that abortion is a right formerly secured by the Constitution of the United States, and an individual's right to reproductive freedom should be celebrated.

The bill was referred to the Ohio Senate General Government Committee on February 28, 2024. The bill has yet to receive a hearing. 

House Concurrent Resolution 16: Perinatal Mental Health Care

On April 30, 2024, Representative Anita Somani (D) and Representative Sharon Ray (R) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 16. This resolution would recognize the importance of perinatal mental health. Perinatal refers to the time period when one becomes pregnant and up to one year after giving birth. HCR16 highlights the disparities pregnant people experience in prenatal and postnatal mental health care.

The resolution was voted out of the Ohio House Behavioral Health Committee on May 22, 2024. HCR16 will now head to the Ohio House for further consideration.  

House Bill 170: Enact Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

Representatives Michele Grim (D) and Cecil Thomas (D) introduced House Bill 170 on May 9, 2023. 

HB 170 would allow family members, household members, and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order that temporarily restricts a person’s access to firearms if that person poses a danger to themselves or others. Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are a powerful tool to stop suicides, domestic violence homicides, and mass shootings.  

The bill was referred to the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on May 23, 2023. HB 170 received sponsor testimony on June 6, 2023. 

House Bill 171: Social Studies Curriculum

Representative Mary Lightbody (D) introduced House Bill 171 on May 10, 2023. Our partners at Educating for Ohio's Future say HB 171 is a bill that “would update the K-12 social studies model curriculum in Ohio to reflect all Ohioans’ backgrounds and histories in order to help our kids understand the world, build empathy, and create better futures.” 

Ohio is stronger when all of our kids are seen and heard in the classroom.  

Thank you to our partners at OPAWL—Building AAPI Feminist Leadership, Honesty for Ohio Education, CAIR-Ohio, Young Latino Network, and The Freedom BLOC for founding and leading Educating for Ohio's Future.

On May 23, 2023, House Bill 171 was referred to the Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Committee. The bill received proponent testimony on December 12, 2023.

House Bill 174: Healthcare Coverage

On May 16, 2023, Representatives Michael Skindell (D) and Michele Grim (D) introduced House Bill 174. Through HB 174, the Ohio Health Care Plan would provide universal and affordable health care coverage for Ohio residents, consisting of a comprehensive benefit package that includes benefits for prescription drugs.  

The bill was referred to the Ohio House Insurance Committee on May 23, 2023. House Bill 174 received sponsor testimony on September 20, 2023.

House Bill 565: CPC Regulation

On May 15, 2024, Rep. Anita Somani (D) and Rep. Michele Grim (D) introduced House Bill 565. 

HB 565 updates the rules and regulations required for organizations qualified under the Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Program, which is largely made up of crisis pregnancy centers. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), or fake clinics, seek to misinform and mislead pregnant people seeking resources, and in many cases manipulate them out of deciding to have an abortion.  

HB 565 would require all organizations under the program to provide services including counseling on childbirth, abortion & adoption, & services such as pregnancy tests, family planning, contraceptive services, preventative care & screenings for STIs. 

The bill received sponsor testimony in the Ohio House Finance Committee on June 18, 2024.  

Bad Legislation

Legislation that PPAO does not support and is fighting to stop.

Senate Joint Resolution 2: Attacking Ballot Initiatives

On March 22, 2023, SJR 2 was introduced by Sen. Rob McColley (R) and Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R).

This resolution would have required all public-led ballot initiatives to receive a supermajority (60%) of votes instead of a simple majority at 50%+1 to pass.

During debate on the Ohio House floor, an amendment was adopted to allow for SJR 2 to be voted on by Ohioans in a special election on August 8, 2023.

Ohio voters defeated Issue 1 on August 8th, 2023.

Senate Bill 83: Higher Education Destruction Act

Senate Bill 83 was introduced on March 14, 2023 by Senator Jerry C. Cirino (R).

From our partners at Honesty for Ohio Education: “Senate Bill 83, (and its companion House Bill 151) the 'Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act' is a higher education bill directly impacting academic freedoms and instruction on “controversial beliefs and policies.” The bill bans mandatory DEI training and programs, hiring, and education around 'controversial beliefs and policies,' affinity groups, affirmative action practices, academic partnerships with China, and collective bargaining. Violations impact performance evaluations, tenure, and state funding."

The bill passed out of the Ohio Senate on May 17, 2023. The bill was referred to the Ohio House Higher Education Committee on May 23, 2023. It passed out of committee on December 6, 2023. SB 83 will now head to the Ohio House for deliberation.

Senate Bill 159: Crisis Pregnancy Centers as Tax-Deductible 

On September 19, 2023, Rep. Sandra O’Brien (R) introduced Senate Bill 159. 

SB 159 would make donations to fake clinics tax-deductible although they already receive over $14 million in state funding.  This is another example of anti-abortion politicians parlaying to their extremist base to spread greater disinformation in our most vulnerable communities in Ohio. 

The bill received proponent testimony on June 25, 2024, in the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. 

Senate Bill 220: Designate "Day of Tears"

On January 30, 2024, Senator Stephen Huffman (R) introduced Senate Bill 220. This bill would designate January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as the "Day of Tears" to malign those who have received abortions. This messaging bill is another example of how extreme politicians try to suppress and rewrite history. 

We will continue to celebrate Roe as the starting point for the reproductive freedoms we have today; we remain committed to improving access to those who seek abortions. 

The bill was referred to the Ohio Senate General Government Committee on February 28, 2024. The bill has yet to receive a hearing.

House Bill 8: Unsafe Students Act

On February 15, 2023, Rep. D.J. Swearingen (R) and Rep. Sara Carruthers (R) introduced a bill in the Ohio House that endangers Ohio’s LGBTQ+ youth, essentially requiring Ohio’s educators to out students to their parents.

House Bill 8 would also require schools to notify parents before any discussion of "sexual orientation or gender ideology." Parents would then be allowed to opt their child out of these valuable discussions. 

This bill passed out of the Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Committee on June 13, 2023. House Bill 8 passed out of the Ohio House on June 21, 2023. The bill was referred to the Ohio Senate Education Committee on September 19, 2023. House Bill 8 last received a hearing on June 26, 2024. The bill has not passed out of committee.

House Bill 15: Attack on Patients Seeking Abortion Care

On February 15, 2023, Rep. Jennifer Gross (R) and Rep. Beth Lear (R) introduced HB 15, which would require a pregnant person seeking an abortion to view and hear an ultrasound and have it described to them.

This bill would also force trusted abortion providers to share medical misinformation around abortion, including unproven connections between abortion and breast cancer, as well as the unproven connection between abortion and "psychological or emotional harm."

The bill was referred to the Public Health Policy Committee on February 16th, 2023 and has not yet received any hearings. 

House Bill 68: Anti-Trans Omnibus Bill

On February 22, 2023, Rep. Gary Click (R) introduced a bill in the Ohio House that bans gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary youth under the age of 18 ─ regardless of parental consent, wishes of the patient, diagnosis, or previous care-plan.

During a hearing from HB 68 on June 14, 2023, the Ohio House Public Health Policy Committee combined HB 6, which bars young Ohioans from participating in high-school or college sports aligned with their gender identity, with HB 68, which bans gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary youth, to create one anti-trans omnibus bill. 

HB 68 is the state legislature's latest attempt to dehumanize and interrupt care for transgender, nonbinary, nonconforming, and intersex Ohioans.

HB 68 (along with HB 6) passed out of the Ohio House on June 21, 2023. The bill passed out of the Ohio Senate on December 13, 2023. HB 68 was vetoed by Governor DeWine on December 29, 2023. On January 10, 2024, the Ohio House voted to override the Governor's veto; the Ohio Senate concurred on January 24, 2024.

The bill was slated to become law on April 24, 2024, but on April 16, 2024, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas issued a temporary restraining order to prevent HB 68 from taking effect as scheduled.

HB 183: Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

On May 23, 2023, Rep. Beth Lear (R) and Rep. Adam Bird (R) introduced HB 183.

This bill would force transgender, nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals to use restrooms that no longer align with their gender identity. This bill will also prohibit institutions from providing gender-neutral facilities as well as multi-occupancy facilities, which are currently not present in the state.

HB 183 is state-sanctioned discrimination.

The bill was referred to the Ohio House Higher Education Committee on June 7, 2023. HB 183 was voted out of committee with a vote of 10-5 on April 10, 2024. On June 26, 2024, the Ohio House added House Bill 183 as an amendment to Senate Bill 104. Senate Bill 104, with House Bill 183 included as an amendment, passed out of the House on June 26, 2024. The bill awaits concurrence from the Ohio Senate.  

House Bill 371: Enact Issue 1 Implementation Act

On January 3, 2024, Rep. Bill Dean (R) and Rep. Jennifer Gross (R) introduced House Bill 371, which would strip Ohio state courts of jurisdiction to consider any case seeking to enforce or implement Article 1, Section 22 of the Ohio Constitution -- the right to reproductive freedom established by the passage of 2023's "Issue 1."

House Bill 371 is an outrageous effort by anti-abortion politicians to silence Ohio voters and yet another attempt to limit our reproductive freedom.

The voters were clear: the Ohio Constitution should protect the right to reproductive freedom, including abortion, and our state courts should have a role in enforcing these protections. This bill would deny the courts this power and leave interpretation of Issue 1 in the hands of the same lawmakers that have been trying to end abortion in Ohio and ignoring our rights to reproductive freedom.

House Bill 371 was referred to the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee on January 9, 2024. The bill has yet to receive any hearings. 

House Bill 475: Attack on Abortion Providers

On April 8, 2024, Representative Josh Williams (R) introduced House Bill 475.  This bill would defund cities and municipalities that work with Planned Parenthood and reallocate these funds to crisis pregnancy centers. 

HB 475 is a bad policy that would restrict abortion access and attack abortion providers, but its broader applications will exacerbate current public health crises, like worsening maternal and infant mortality and increases in untreated sexually transmitted infections. 

House Bill 475 was referred to the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on April 23, 2024. The bill received sponsor testimony on May 7, 2024.

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