Judge blocks Ohio bill that would ban abortion as early as six weeks
The measure temporarily blocks the application of a law signed by the governor that was harshly criticized by his opponents, because if implemented, it would eliminate the right to access safe abortions after six weeks of gestation.
A federal judge temporarily blocked a law on Wednesday that sought to prohibit the right to decide to end a pregnancy in the state. It is a momentary victory for reproductive rights, and for clinics that offer health services in a safe way because legislation like that would only promote clandestine procedures.
The decision of District Judge Michael Barrett draws to a halt the start on July 11 of the law that was enacted on April 11 by the state governor, Republican Mike DeWine. He signed it even though his predecessor John Kasich, of the same party, vetoed it twice. The text was then considered one of the largest restrictions on abortion in the United States.
The legislation was known as “the law of the heartbeat” and limited abortion from one and a half months of pregnancy. That term has been rejected by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of the United States because they consider it vague, among other things because “what is interpreted as a beat in these laws, is actually the electrical pulsations of a portion of the fetal tissue that eventually it will become the heart when the embryo develops. ”
Ohio counts in a list confirmed by at least a dozen of states that have approved similar legislation to end Roe v. Wade, a case that decriminalized abortion in 1973 in the United States and ratified the constitutional right of women to make medical decisions about their bodies, including ending a pregnancy. In this case, the Ohio law does not even include exceptions for pregnancies due to rape or incest.