‘Heartbeat Bill’ is now in effect in Ohio; What is it?

COLUMBUS — The “Heartbeat Bill” is now a law in the state after a federal court granted Attorney General Dave Yost’s request to dissolve a preliminary injunction against the law.

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The Heartbeat Law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks gestation before women know they are pregnant. It has no exception for cases of rape or incest.

DeWine signed the bill into effect in 2019; A federal judge blocked the law shortly after DeWine signed it.

In the filing, Yost said that the ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization represents a “substantial change in the law” and repeals the current law supporting the court decision.

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Although the injunction was dissolved, the case has not been dismissed, according to our news partners at WBNS.

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