Federal Judge lifts injunction against Ohio’s Heartbeat Law

By Dave Andrusko

Literally minutes after Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and Casey, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost began the process that culminated eight hours later when U.S. District Court of Southern Ohio Judge Michael R. Barrett dissolved the three year old hold on Ohio’s Heartbeat Law. “Because there exists no just reason for delay, [the state] respectfully request this Court immediately dissolve the preliminary injunction and dismiss this case,” Yost’s attorneys wrote in the filing. “Indeed, the State of Ohio will be irreparably harmed by any delay whatsoever.”

Ohio pro-life Gov. Mike DeWine then issued an executive order directing the Ohio Department of Health to adopt emergency rules to implement the Heartbeat law which ban abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks.

“The Heartbeat Law has been sitting on the sidelines in federal court which could have saved countless lives over the past several years. Starting right now no baby with a beating heart can be aborted in the state of Ohio,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis. “We are grateful that our Attorney General Dave Yost acted swiftly and got the injunction lifted.”

Director of Communications Elizabeth Whitmarsh stated, “Many would have been lackadaisical on this, but because we elected strong pro-life leaders, thousands of lives are protected from abortion starting this very moment. Our Attorney General and Governor saw an opportunity to save lives and they immediately got it done. This is true leadership and should be a model for the how we move forward.”

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