Federal judge extends temporary stay on Ohio heartbeat abortion ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge extended a temporary stay on Ohio’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion ban on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett’s order means that enforcement of the law signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in April 2019 will remain on hold.

It would prohibit abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

Barrett said he needs to see what happens in cases involving a similar Tennessee law and an Ohio law banning abortions when a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis is a factor.

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