Lawsuit filed in Ohio Supreme Court to block state’s six-week ban on abortion

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Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 9:44 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, Planned Parenthood Federation and the law firm Wilmer Hale filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Ohio Supreme Court to try and block the state’s six-week ban on abortion.

“We ask the Ohio Supreme Court to stop enforcement of Senate Bill 23. Absent action from the court, many Ohioans will be forced to give birth against their will, many will have illegal or dangerous abortions, and some will die. People of color and low-income communities, who comprise the majority of patients seeking abortions, will be disproportionately impacted,” a statement from Freda Levenson, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio, read. “We’ll keep fighting for abortion rights until every Ohioan is able to access the healthcare they need.”

The suit was filed on behalf of Pre-Term Cleveland, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, Planned Parenthood Greater Ohio, Women’s Med Group Professional Corporation, Northeast Ohio Women’s Center, Toledo’s Women’s Center, and Dr. Sharon Liner, an individual abortion provider.

The plaintiffs are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order state officials not to enforce S.B. 23 and declare the ban unconstitutional.

The state’s Heartbeat Law bans abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy; after that, they’re allowed only to save a patient’s life or when their health is seriously compromised.

In response to the lawsuit, Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis wrote,” Clearly the Plaintiffs believe there is a pro-abortion majority on the Ohio Supreme Court that likely will be lost this November. Thus, Plantiffs do not want to file in a Common Pleas Court but want the current Supreme Court to declare a fake right to an abortion in Ohio right now. In making that request, Plaintiffs are asking the Ohio Supreme Court justices to violate the constitutional limits of its jurisdiction, in violation of their oaths of office.”

In 2018 The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization challenged a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the law.

The ruling on the 1973 Roe v. Wade case now leaves it in the hands of state governments to determine their own abortion laws

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