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ACLU Files Suit Over Constitutionality of Ohio's "Heartbeat Bill"

May 15, 2019

ACLU of Ohio announces lawsuit.
Credit Sam Aberle

More than a month after Governor Mike DeWine signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court to stop it from taking effect in July.

The revised version of the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" bans abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.  

The bill bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, often before a woman would even know she was pregnant. Jessie Hill, an attorney working with the ACLU, says the so-called “heartbeat bill” is blatantly unconstitutional.

 

“The law is very clear and the science that fetuses are not viable at six weeks of pregnancy and states cannot ban abortions before viability.”

 

Backers of the heartbeat bill expected the court challenge over the new law and hope the case will end up with the U.S. Supreme Court. They think the new conservative justices could use the law to overturn Roe vs Wade.