ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit challenging Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The ACLU of Ohio and Planned Parenthood announced on Wednesday that they have filed a lawsuit to prevent the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act from going into effect on July 10.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the Heartbeat Bill on April 11, and it was set to go into effect in 90 days. The Heartbeat Bill has been passed in seven other states, including Kentucky and Georgia, according to the Ohio Right to Life.

The ACLU of Ohio said on Facebook: “Our favorite phrase we’ll see you in court just got teeth.”

J. Bennett Guess, the executive director of ACLU of Ohio, said the organization made good on plans to sue the state to stop the bill from going into effect in July.

Ohio Right to Life officials released the following statement in a press release:

“We believe that the heartbeat bill is the right vehicle for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Our strategy has always included a federal court challenge and today starts that judicial process,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life in a press release. “It’s no surprise that the ACLU is litigating life-saving laws and Ohio Right to Life is excited to defend the heartbeat bill all the way to our nation’s highest court.”

The Heartbeat Bill would prohibit abortion when a human heartbeat can be detected. An abdominal ultrasound can detect a heartbeat between eight and twelve weeks. 

“The Supreme Court has never been more favorable to pro-life legislation than it is right now. Regardless of what happens at the district court level, we expect to have better legal outcomes from both the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court as well as the Supreme Court. We believe that the Court will look back at the wrongly decided Roe decision and overturn it, allowing each state to establish its own pro-life standards. We’re confident that Ohio will continue to be on the forefront of protecting human dignity from conception until natural death.”

While this case goes through the legal system, Ohio Right to Life officials say they will continue to advocate on behalf of pro-life legislation in Ohio, officials said in a statement.

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