A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio have introduced a bill that would ban abortion completely except in instances where it would save the life of the mother.
Republican State Rep. Candice Keller said the bill’s sponsors are tired of moving to end abortion in incremental steps.
“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” Keller said in a statement. “The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable right to life.”
The legislation would make doctors who terminate pregnancies open to murder charges. It also declares that an unborn baby is a person.
A doctor would be able to escape murder charges if an abortion is performed “before the unborn child is viable, for the sole purpose of treating the pregnant woman’s fatal condition,” according to the legislation.
Abortion rights groups called the bill medically dangerous and insulting to women.