What is the current status of abortion law in Ohio?
Even though Governor DeWine has signed the anti-abortion Senate Bill 23 into law, abortion is still legal in Ohio. Just a week before the law was supposed to go into effect, a federal judge blocked Ohio’s six-week abortion ban. This law would have prevented most women and people from accessing abortion care before they even knew they were pregnant.
Despite Anti-Choice Efforts, Abortion Is Still Legal in Ohio
On April 11, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 23, one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans, into law. This law effectively bans access to all abortion procedures prior to six weeks of pregnancy, before most people even know they’re pregnant. The law was scheduled to go into effect on July 10, but a federal judge blocked the law for the duration of the legal challenge. So, for now, legal abortion services will continue to be available in Ohio as they have been: up until 21.5 weeks from a person’s last period.
With our friends at the ACLU, every abortion clinic in Ohio is challenging this law in court to protect abortion access in Ohio. We are taking on this unconscionable, dangerous abortion ban – we are committed to fighting to keep abortion legal, available, and free of shame and judgment.
The law was scheduled to go into effect on July 10, but the judge ruled to block the law during the court challenge. The block will last during the entire course of litigation, which can take years. In every other state where a similar lawsuit is taking place, the block has been granted. This means that abortion care will continue at all abortion clinics in Ohio.
We are resolute in our opposition to this bill. Politicians make it nearly impossible for women and people who can become pregnant in Ohio to make personal, healthy decisions about their pregnancies. When care is unavailable, the harm falls hardest on those struggling financially or those who already face significant barriers to health care – young people, people of color, people in poverty, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and people of varying immigration status.
Governor DeWine and politicians in Ohio may believe this is the end, but we are committed to continuing the fight to actualize affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health services for all Ohioans.