Commonwealth Policy Center

A federal judge blocked Ohio’s fetal heartbeat law from going into effect. The law said that a human life is present once a fetal heartbeat is detected and it banned abortions at that moment. However, Judge Michael Barrett blocked the law so he could consider the arguments made by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood. He said the law is probably unconstitutional and imposes an insurmountable obstacle to Ohio women who are seeking an abortion. Proponents of abortion have shifted attention away from unborn babies’ heartbeats by using terms like “electric pulsing” and “cardiac activity.” Pro-life advocates focus on the humanity of the unborn and believe it’s constitutional to protect the right to life of another human being. Several other states have enacted similar laws, including Iowa, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and Kentucky.