COLUMBUS, Ohio — A judge has temporarily blocked Ohio’s abortion ban, stopping the so-called “heartbeat law” signed by Governor DeWine in 2019. The law went into effect after the historic overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
The decision was handed down by Hamilton County Judge Christian Jenkins. The 14-day order came because of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Ohio.
The current reprieve allows abortions up to 20 weeks for the time being.
Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley called the ruling a win for Ohio women.
“This is a victory, albeit a temporary one, for Ohio women. Ohio women won’t be safe until we have a pro-choice governor who doesn’t seek to impose extreme views like government mandates against private health care decisions.”