Ahead of November’s abortion rights vote, the Republican-led Ohio Supreme Court announced it would hear a lawsuit that could reinstate a controversial law that bans most abortions.
had. August special electionlawsuits, and millions of dollars spent have all been spent making it difficult for Ohioans to choose in November whether they have the constitutional right to have an abortion.
By contrast, on Friday afternoon, a court handed a victory to abortion rights groups, unanimously acknowledging that there was no merit moving forward in an activist-led effort backed by Republicans in the Ohio legislature. A group of Republican activists and former congressmen tried to keep the abortion amendment from appearing on the ballot.
But the court decided to hold oral arguments in September, giving it the chance to reverse the six-week abortion ban.
“It is Ohio extremists who are doing everything in their power to stop the legalization of abortion,” said State MP Dr. Anita Somani (D-Dublin).
Republicans passed 6 weeks abortion ban There were no rape or incest exceptions in 2019. The law was blocked by a federal judge a few months later.
when Law fell in 2022oh 6 week ban.A lawsuit was filed by pro-abortion rights groups, and months later a state judge ruled blocked indefinitely Block enforcement of this law on the grounds of invasion of privacy.
A lawsuit was filed by pro-abortion rights groups, and a few weeks later a state judge indefinitely blocked enforcement of the law. The case has been pending in the High Court for six months.
Somani, an obstetrician and gynecologist, said the state Supreme Court’s decision to review the six-week abortion ban in September seemed calculated.
State Rep. Josh Williams (R-Oregon) disagreed with Somani’s opinion. He believes courts should be fair, and therefore has no ulterior motives.
“I want the court to proceed according to the normal course of action, regardless of what is happening in the country,” Williams said.
In 2022, WEWS said three out of four Republican judges were campaigning to retain their seats while telling the Anti-Abortion Political Action Committee that abortion was not a constitutional right. reported the article.
However, the court has not evaluated whether the six-week law is constitutional. The judges are debating procedural but still important issues.
For context, the state judge who blocked the law in 2022 only temporarily blocked it, so when Attorney General Dave Yost appealed, the appeals court dismissed the appeal as unable to decide on the basis of the preliminary judgment. .
Legal expert Jonathan Entin said the September debate could have several outcomes.
1. Supreme Court remands to lower courts
If the court determines that there is an appealable order, the case will be returned to the Court of Appeals.
If, on the other hand, they argue that it is not an appealable order, the case will be returned to the court of first instance, where the merits of the six-week ban will continue to be debated.
2. The court chooses not to make a decision until after the November elections.
3. Court reverses lawsuit and reinstates six-week suspension
A judge could dismiss a lawsuit if he finds it ineligible.
“You can imagine a very early scenario where the six-week abortion ban will be reinstated by November,” Entin said.
This is doable, but it’s all about timing. So Entin said he doesn’t think this option will be adopted by them.
For Williams, a six-week suspension would be ideal for Ohio.
“You’re in an adult activity and have plenty of time to finish beer goggles and bad decisions and say, ‘Let me see a doctor,'” Williams said.
OCJ/WEWS asked about those who did not receive medical care or learn about the consequences of sexual intercourse because Ohio does not have sex education standards.
“If you want to discuss better access to quality sex education in primary and secondary education, I welcome it and I believe in it,” he replied. “If you want to talk about health care, I’m actually in favor of expanding health insurance coverage for young people, especially pregnant people here in Ohio.”
Somani argued that between the reinstatement of the ban last year and the judge’s ban, the damage continued.
“The tragic thing about these bans is that they hurt women. They die,” she said.
Oral arguments will begin on September 27.
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