COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge on Wednesday extended a temporary postponement of Ohio’s 2019 abortion ban “Heartbeat” and said he would postpone a permanent lockdown decision until two intertwined abortion cases are resolved.
U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett’s order means enforcement of the bill signed by Republican Governor Mike DeWine in April 2019 will be put on hold. Attorneys for abortion providers in Ohio have asked Barrett to permanently block the law.
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The measure would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks after pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. This fact has led opponents to argue that the trial was effectively banned. The measure was rejected twice by the then government. John Kasich, a Republican before DeWine signed it.
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Barrett wrote that he must see what is going on in one case against a similar Tennessee law and in another case against an Ohio law that prohibits abortion in cases where a diagnosis of fetal Down syndrome is a factor in choosing Proceedings are pending.
In granting his injunction, Barrett concluded that the Ohio Heartbeat Act lawsuit would certainly succeed, as the ban placed undue strain on a woman’s constitutional right to choose an abortion before a fetus is viable outside the womb .
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