Ohio Implements Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion ban

Ohio has officially banned abortions after 5-6 weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. The law will make an exception to save a woman’s life, however no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. It will take effect in 90 days unless blocked by a federal judge. The law also creates punishments for doctors who perform abortions. Doctors who perform abortion after a heartbeat is detecting face a fifth-degree felony, up to a year in jail, and the State Medical Board may impose fines up to $20,000. Similar bills have been deemed unconstitutional in states such as Kentucky and Iowa. The ACLU of Ohio has also said it will be suing the state on behalf of Planned Parenthoods throughout Ohio. Former Governor John Kasich vetoed the bill several times, saying that it would be too expensive for the state to go to court over it. Ohio is now the fifth state to implement a heartbeat bill into law. While many of these laws end up being blocked by federal judges, they have become part of a larger movement to overturn Roe V. Wade.   Media Resources: NPR 4/11/19; NY Mag 4/11/19

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