Abortion stopped, abortion starts again

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Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Christian Jenkins speaks with Assistant Attorney General Amanda Narog in his courtroom in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, October 7, 2022. Jenkins heard an argument on Friday about whether to extend the ban on Ohio's late-term abortion law.  absolutely basic.  (Sam Greene / The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) ORG XMIT: OHCIN105


Justices in Ohio and Arizona placed abortion restrictions on Friday in the highest courts in the nation’s debate over the end of abortion since Roe v. Wade was removed, prompting donors to restart the process.

An Ohio judge blocked the state’s six-week ban on Friday, and the state is expected to appeal the ruling.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Christian Jenkins, a Democrat, issued the first ruling to strike down Ohio’s law, which prohibited doctors from performing abortions after a heart attack. The law was in effect for about three months after the United States Supreme Court overturned abortion protections.

“Does a law that protects a cancer patient from life-saving treatment violate those rights (in the Ohio Act)? The answer is clear that it does,” said Jenkins, adding that the state constitution surpasses the US Constitution in protecting freedom, security and health choices. “Abortion is a health care option that Ohioans have a right to.”

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