By Theodore Shoebat
Its already happening: a federal judge just struck down the Ohio heartbeat bill, as we read in a report from Clevescene:
A federal judge has blocked the implementation of S.B. 32, otherwise known as Ohio’s heartbeat bill, saying that it violates a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. The ACLU and women’s health clinics throughout Ohio had sued the state.Citing a variety of factors, most notably that many women do not even know they are pregnant at the six-week mark when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, along with the various hoops, both logistical and lawful, that a woman must jump through to even have an abortion, and that the six-week cutoff amounts to a ban on almost 90% of abortions, Judge Michael Barrett concluded: “This Court concludes that S.B. 23 places an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose a pre-viability abortion, and, under Casey, Plaintiffs are certain to succeed on the merits of their claim. To the extent that the State of Ohio “is making a deliberate effort to overturn Roe [v.Wade] and established constitutional precedent,” see Jackson Women’s Health, 349 F. Supp. 3d at 544, those arguments must be made to a higher court.”
Proponents of the bill had expected this, and as Ohio and other GOP-led states pass similar legislation, they eagerly await a battle in that higher court.