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Attorneys for Ohio Abortion Clinics File Lawsuit

The suit claims state’s 'heartbeat law' violates Ohio Constitution

Attorneys for abortion clinics in Ohio argue the newly enforced “heartbeat law” violates fundamental rights under the Ohio Constitution.

“This near-total ban on abortion denies Ohioans their fundamental rights guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution, including the right to abortion,” the lawsuit states.

It goes on to ask Attorney General Dave Yost, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, several county prosecutors (including Franklin County) and the State Medical Board of Ohio to abide by the pre-existing age restriction of 22 weeks from the first day of a patient’s last menstrual period and not the new law, which brings that down to six weeks when many women don’t get know they are pregnant.

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