COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/AP) — Ohio’s heartbeat bill has now become law in the state, according to Attorney General Dave Yost.
A judge ruled in Yost‘s favor after his office filed a motion in federal court to dissolve the injunction against the law after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The heartbeat bill was signed into law in April 2019. A federal judge blocked the implementation of the bill three months later.
Yost said the ruling was based on the “now overruled precedents of Roe and Casey.”
The heartbeat bill prohibits abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
The Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion in a ruling Friday. The ruling came more than a month after the leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito.
Ohio politicians react
Ohio politicians reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson that ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years.
Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the Roe v. Wade reversal while dozens of politicians released statements of their own Friday.
Today’s decision is the direct result of Republican court-packing and a gift to the most extreme sect of the Republican party. The vast majority of Americans support the right to choose, reproductive rights, and access to safe abortions; however, the will of the American people has been overturned by a small handful of fundamentalists who believe in government-mandated pregnancies. A woman’s right to choose should be non-negotiable. More than anything, I am worried for the people who need an abortion, and who will no longer be able to access one, or, worse yet, will be criminalized for seeking out services. And unfortunately, we know it will be women of color who will be hurt the most by this. Where there was once certainty and safety in settled law, there will soon be confusion and legal chaos. It is vital we pass federal legislation to secure access to reproductive care.Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio 3rd District
As we transition as a nation from Roe to Dobbs, we all need to do our best to understand and respect the heartfelt, genuine differences of opinions among our families, friends, neighbors and communities. Being an adoptee who started life in a foster home, my own experience helped shape my views on this issue. I’m here today because my birth mother chose life and put me up for adoption, which I know could not have been an easy decision for her. My prayer for all of us is this collective experience will build a more compassionate nation that values life.Lt. Governor Jon Husted, R-Ohio
For fifty years, women in America had the right to make their own personal health care decisions. Today, five judges handed that right over to politicians. This will be the first generation of women to grow up with fewer rights and freedoms than their mothers and grandmothers, and this burden will be disproportionately carried by low-income women and women of color. This is a radical decision by an increasingly out-of-touch court, and Americans won’t stand for it. When, how, and whether to have a family is one of the most personal and meaningful decisions we make in life, and the freedom to make those decisions for yourself, free from political interference, should be available to everyone. The president and Congress must take action restoring protections for women to make their own health choices, and women will make their voices heard in voting booths around Ohio and the country this November.Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
Today’s ruling is consistent with my view that policy questions regarding abortion should be decided by elected representatives of the people, not the Supreme Court. Through its ruling today, the Court made this clear. The states already play a significant role in abortion policy, but have been constrained by various Supreme Court rulings. Now the issue of abortion will be decided by the states and the elected representatives closest to the people.
While abortion is a very sensitive and emotional issue with strong feelings on both sides, I think most Americans agree that human life is precious and should be protected wherever possible. To that end, we should do more to work together in a bipartisan manner to promote adoption, reduce the number of abortions, and provide support for pregnant women in difficult circumstances.Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
Today is a devastating day for women and girls in our country. This decision from a Supreme Court stacked with ultra-conservative justices paves the way for ultra-conservative, anti-women state legislatures across the country, including our own, to outlaw abortion. Abortions are health care. This decision doesn’t eliminate the need for abortions, but rather restricts access to safe abortions, particularly among those who cannot afford them. We will do everything in our power to protect women’s rights — from partnering with organizations that provide women’s health care to helping elect leaders who represent the will of the people, the vast majority of whom believes in a woman’s right to choose.Mayor Andrew Ginther, D-Columbus
Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Constitution by restoring the power to determine when life begins to the people and the states. I understand that there are many who disagree with this decision, but I believe it is our duty to protect every person’s God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, including the unborn.Rep. Mike Carey, R-Ohio 15th District
The decision by this Court to overturn the constitutionally protected right to abortion care is devastating to women, families and all those who value the rights and freedom of people to make deeply personal health care decisions without undue government interference. I know that many are feeling fear and uncertainty after this decision, and wondering what it will mean for healthcare access here in Ohio in the coming weeks and months. As the chief prosecutors for the City, my office is currently evaluating everything we legally can do to protect healthcare access should the state legislature move to further erode access to safe, legal abortions in Ohio.Columbus City Attorney Zack Klein
Today’s decision is a win for the unborn, the Constitution, and States’ rights. Contrary to the political rhetoric and sensationalized coverage, at the core of today’s Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson is a restoration of States’ rights. Rather than preempting state-level policymaking, as has been the case for the intervening decades since Roe v. Wade, Statehouses across this country will once again have the authority to write laws based on the will of their respective voters.Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio 12th District
Members of Columbus City Council are angry at the Supreme Court’s decision to deny necessary healthcare to Americans and reverse nearly 50 years of settled precedent. While abortion is still legal in Ohio today, that right is under immediate threat, given the six-week abortion ban on the books and the gerrymandered General Assembly’s likelihood to pass an outright ban when they return to session. Council opposes the enactment of any legislation which could put Ohioans and doctors in jail for their healthcare decisions.
Council has stood up for abortion rights and will continue to do so. Council passed legislation to protect people and clinic workers from harassment outside of clinics, adopted a resolution opposing the 6-week ban, and updated the city’s non-discrimination code to include protections for reproductive health choice, including seeking abortion care.
Abortion is health care. Our state legislature must act to protect Ohioans’ right to choice.Columbus City Council