Abortion in a Post-Roe America

On June 24th, 2022, at 10:10am, The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that there is no right to an abortion found in the United States Constitution. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his majority opinion stated boldly and unapologetically: Roe was egregiously wrong.

This Supreme Court Case effectively overturned the Supreme Court cases Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which for almost 50 years, allowed the legal slaughter of innocents across the nation, up until the moment of birth, for any reason whatsoever. This result was the murder of over 63,000,000 babies through dismemberment, poisoning, or starvation.

The effect of this decision in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is that the issue of abortion is now sent back to the people and to their elected representatives. For Ohio, this means pro-life voters have the chance to have their voices heard like never before.

Abortion is Regulated in Varying Degrees in Each State

In this rapidly changing Post-Roe world, according to the Thomas More Society,

  • 23 states have life affirming or life protecting laws on the books

  • 6 states, including Ohio, have only moderate laws on the books 

  • 21 states are aborting affirming states, or are explicitly expanding abortion access

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Ohio Abortion Law

  • An abortion must be performed before 20 weeks post fertilization except in cases of life endangerment or severely compromised health.

  • The state requires a 24-hour waiting period between the time a woman has an initial consultation and has an abortion. The consultation must be provided in person and the abortionist is required to share information about the abortion procedure and possible side effects.

  • An ultrasound must be performed and the provider must offer to let the patient view the image.

  • Public funding and health plans under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortions in cases such as a woman’s life being endangered or in cases of rape or incest. (Most private insurance plans do cover both medical and surgical abortions.)

Ohio’s Heartbeat Law

In April 2019, Ohio enacted Senate Bill 23, the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Heartbeat Bill. This law prohibits an abortionist from committing an abortion if there is a detectable fetal heartbeat. It also contained more than a dozen other pro-life provisions like:

  • Creating a civil remedy for post-abortive women

  • Setting up a joint legislative committee on adoption

  • Requiring abortionists to report whether an abortion is done for maternal health reasons or not

  • Establishing a fund for foster care and adoption initiatives

  • Required written informed consent from women told about their baby’s heartbeat

Unfortunately, Judge Christian Jenkins, of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, issued a temporary restraining order against Ohio's Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act, rendering it ineffective until a decision is reached by the court. 

To find out where abortion is banned, including updates to recent laws in each state, click on the above image