Ohio pro-life group optimistic that heartbeat abortion ban law will survive legal challenge

www.christianpost.com | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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A spokesperson for a pro-life organization based in Ohio is confident that the state’s newly signed law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected will survive a legal challenge.

Jamieson Gordon of Ohio Right to Life, whose group lobbied on behalf of the legislation, which effectively bans abortions after six weeks, explained to The Christian Post in an interview her reasons for the confidence.

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“The ACLU has said that they will sue, but we are confident that our pro-life Attorney General Dave Yost will defend the law well,” said Gordon.

“We believe that the Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals may be the most conservative circuit in the country, and the heartbeat bill may have a better chance there.”

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Gordon also told CP that they viewed the new law as “the next incremental step to overturning Roe v. Wade,” the controversial 1973 United States Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 23, or the Ohio Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act, into law.

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"The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us — those who do not have a voice," said DeWine just before he signed the bill.

“Government's role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end, to protect those who cannot protect themselves, such as the elderly, the unborn, those who are sick, those who have a disability, those who have a mental illness, or an addiction.”

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SB 23 passed 56-40 in the House and then 18-13 in the Senate last week. Local news reported protests from both sides of the abortion debate outside of the legislative chamber.

Former Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich vetoed similar legislation while in office, believing that such a law would not survive a costly legal battle.

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