COLUMBUS (WJW) – Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill has now become law in the state.
U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett ruled in Attorney General Dave Yost‘s favor after his office filed a motion in federal court to dissolve the injunction against Ohio’s Heartbeat Law, following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Now, Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order allowing Heartbeat Bill to go into effect immediately.
Senate Bill 23, commonly known as the Ohio Heartbeat Bill, was signed into law in April 2019. A federal judge blocked the implementation of the bill 3 months later.
Yost says the ruling was based on the “now overruled precedents of Roe and Casey.”
The Heartbeat Bill prohibits abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
The Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion in a ruling Friday. The ruling came more than a month after the leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito.