Ohio Right to Life’s Statement on Texas’s Heartbeat Law Going Into Effect 

DATE: Wednesday, September 1, 2021         PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Today, Texas’s heartbeat law went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court chose to not recognize Planned Parenthood’s request to intervene.  The law, which bans abortions after an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected, is the most comprehensive pro-life protection enacted in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade. Although many states, including Ohio, have succeeded in passing heartbeat bills, Texas is the first state in which the legislation has been upheld in federal court. Ohio’s heartbeat bill, which was signed into law in April 2019, was blocked by Judge Michael Barrett in July of that same year. 

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life: 

“Ohio Right to Life is extremely encouraged to learn that the United States Supreme Court chose to not block Texas’s heartbeat law.  Babies in Texas now have new historic protections and we believe that soon babies across our nation will be afforded those same protections when the court overturns Roe v. Wade for good. Abortion victimizes women and kills children. It has no place in a society that strives to give every human being a chance at a free and full life. This moment serves as an important reminder that America is pro-life and that regardless of the obstacles put before us, we will end abortion. Texas’s commitment to put the needs of women and children, not a billion-dollar industry that profits from their pain, first is an inspiration for us all. We won’t stop until every child is protected from the violence of abortion and every woman is empowered for life. Ohio is pro-life and we will end abortion.” 

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 40 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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