By Dave Andrusko
A poll conducted earlier this month to gauge where Ohio voters are ahead of the midterm election also asked about Ohio’s Heartbeat Law in addition to questions about the race for Governor, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
“Results from a poll by NBC4, Emerson College and The Hill shows Ohio voters are split half and half when it comes to supporting or opposing Ohio’s abortion law,” according to Darcie Loreno reporting for NBC4.
“Fifty percent of those polled supported the state’s abortion law, which prohibits abortion after six weeks or when a fetus has a detectable heartbeat,” Loreno reported. “Fifty percent opposed the law. The law has exceptions in order to save the mother’s life or prevent long-term impairment of the mother’s bodily function. ”
On September 14, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Christian Jenkins temporarily blocked Ohio’s six-week abortion ban for 14 days. “No great stretch is required to find that Ohio law recognizes a fundamental right to privacy, procreation, bodily integrity and freedom of choice in health care decision making,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, abortions through 20 weeks’ gestation can continue, in keeping with state law in place before the ban.
Pro-life Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill in April 2019. It finally went into effect after the Roe v. Wade decision was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022.