BREAKING: Ohio Right to Life’s Statement on Hamilton County Judge Blocking the Heartbeat Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          CONTACT: Elizabeth Whitmarsh
DATE: Wednesday, September 14, 2022          PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Today, Ohio Right to Life released a statement regarding Hamilton County Judge, Christian Jenkins, issuing a temporary 14-day stay on Ohio’s Heartbeat law. While this block on the law is in effect, abortions can be performed up to 20 weeks. This decision comes after anti-life activists filed a lawsuit against the Heartbeat law for a second time since it has gone into effect.

The following statement can be attributed to Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis:

“By forum shopping, abortion activists temporarily got what they wanted which is the ability to abort children with a beating heart. Nowhere in the Ohio Constitution or anywhere in the Ohio Revised Code will any Ohioan find supporting evidence that Ohio’s current heartbeat law is anything other than good law which saves lives.  We are more than confident that the heartbeat law will go back into effect relatively soon. Further, we can assure pro-life Ohio that in the near future Ohio will become abortion free, regardless of what this local judge ruled today. We will prevail.” 

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 35 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.



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