Thursday, November 4, 2021
Republican lawmakers in Ohio introduced legislation Tuesday that mimics Texas’ controversial abortion law—but goes a step further by banning all abortions. The Ohio legislation, similar to Texas’ Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), would be enforced by private citizens suing anyone who facilitates any abortion, who can receive at least $10,000 in damages if they’re successful.
Lawmakers in states including Mississippi, North Dakota, and Indiana have expressed interest in copying SB 8. If SB 8 holds up in court, it may not be just abortion bills that other state lawmakers try to pass. Opponents of the abortion bills have warned SB 8’s lawsuit provision deputizing private citizens to enforce the law could extend to other issues, such as gun control or same-sex marriage.
The Associated Press notes the Ohio bill already has the support of more than half of the Republican caucus in the Ohio House, giving it potentially enough momentum to pass, though it’s unclear whether it could also pass the state Senate.
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