Under Ohio’s Heartbeat Law, abortions drop 65%; about 2,470 lives are saved

By Dave Andrusko 

Ohio’s Heartbeat Law which would protect unborn children who have a detectable heartbeat, typically beginning around six weeks, was passed in 2019 and signed into law by pro-life Gov. Mike DeWine. S.B. 23 had been blocked by the courts until the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 historic Dobbs decision. The initial results were incredible:  “about 2,470 fewer people obtained abortions in Ohio during July and August relative to April,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jessie Balmert reported, “Abortions in Ohio dropped by 65% in the months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the state imposed a six-week abortion banaccording to a new report.”

Based on the figures provided by #WeCount, a pro-abortion national reporting effort sponsored by the Society of Family Planning, Balmert wrote “The number of abortions performed in Ohio dropped from 1,950 in April − before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 24 − to 680 in August.” While the law was in effect—June to August— abortions dropped 65%, meaning about 2,470 unborn babies were saved.

As NRL News Today reported, nationwide an estimated 10,670 fewer women had abortions in the months of July and August as compared to April. “That amounted to a 6% decrease in abortions between April and August,” according to Balmert.

Pro-life Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed his notice of appeal of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court’s preliminary injunction of the Heartbeat bill. Hamilton County Judge Christian Jenkins had issued two temporary injunctions of two weeks each blocking S.B.23, Ohio’s Heartbeat law, before issuing the indefinite injunction against the ban on October 7. It is widely assumed the case will end up being heard by the Ohio Supreme Court.

A group of abortion clinics represented by the ACLU of Ohio “has challenged the state law banning most abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected on grounds it violates provisions of the state constitution guaranteeing individual liberty and equal protection. It also says the law is unconstitutionally vague,” according to the Associated Press’s Julie Carr Smyth.