Update on Ohio’s Heartbeat Law

By Ohio Right to Life

On Tuesday, January 10, Ohio’s Attorney General, Dave Yost, filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate the Heartbeat law after a lower court blocked it from being enforced. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, their decision will settle once and for all if there is a so-called “right to an abortion” in our state’s constitution.

While the heartbeat law was in effect over the summer, abortion rates decreased by an estimated 65% throughout the state. A Supreme Court ruling that upholds the sanctity of life would give way to saving even more innocent lives. Until this decision is made, abortion is legal in Ohio up through 22 weeks of pregnancy.

Things to be aware of:

The FDA recently announced that it will now allow retail pharmacies, like CVS & Walgreens, to distribute the abortion pill called mifepristone. Thankfully, Ohio’s pro-life laws block this from happening. Ohio law states that only licensed physicians are allowed to distribute the abortion pill, making the FDA’s allowance null and void in our state.

 There is a strong likelihood that a ballot initiative to enshrine so-called “abortion rights” in our state’s constitution will be introduced within the next two years. We must do all we possibly can to defeat this.

To summarize, the pro-life movement must focus on four things here in the state of Ohio:

Pass legislation to protect all innocent human life in the womb, starting at conception.

Help our moms, dads, and babies in need by supporting local pregnancy centers through legislation, financial donations, and volunteering.

Educate all Ohioans on the dignity of the human person, whom their Creator endows with inherent worth and value being made in God’s image and likeness.

Refocus our efforts to strengthen families and marriages to ensure every child conceived is welcomed into a loving home.