COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has taken a formal step to appeal a Cincinnati judge’s recent order pausing the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law that bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
In a news release on Wednesday, a Yost spokesperson said the attorney general’s office, after consulting with Gov. Mike DeWine, had filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday with the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins, a Democrat, last Friday issued what’s called a preliminary injunction, blocking the “heartbeat” law from taking effect until a trial can be held determining whether it violates the state constitution.
While the preliminary injunction is in place, Ohio reverts to previous law that made abortion legal up until 22 weeks into pregnancy.
Ohio’s “heartbeat” law, which bans abortions after fetal cardiac activity can be detected, went into effect in late June shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, striking down nationwide legal protections.
The case is likely to eventually make its way to the GOP-controlled Ohio Supreme Court, where three seats are up for grabs in the November election.
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