Senate Bill 157, legislation that expands the crime of abortion manslaughter to include failure to take measures to preserve the health of a child born alive after abortion, was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on December 22, 2021, after passing the Ohio House of Representatives on December 8, 2021.
The bill requires the attending physician who performed or attempted an abortion in which a child was born alive to complete a child survival form. The physician must submit the completed form to the Ohio Department of Health no later than 15 days after the woman is discharged from the facility. This requirement would be in addition to the existing requirement that a physician who performs an abortion must complete an individual abortion report for each abortion the physician performs. A person who purposely fails to comply with the child survival form or abortion facility report submission requirements is guilty of a third degree felony.