Abortion legal in Ohio and Arizona after court rulings

Pro-abortion activists celebrated a pair of victories Friday after courts in Ohio and Arizona ruled that abortions could remain legal — at least for now.

In Arizona, the three-judge appeals court ruled that a ban on a law banning abortion under all circumstances should be reinstated.

In Ohio, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins also temporarily enjoined the state’s “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

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In Arizona, the three-judge appeals court ruled that a ban on a law banning abortion under all circumstances should be reinstated.
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A photo of Brittney Moore, Planned Parenthood Nurse Practitioner, examining a patient at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Akron, OH.
A Planned Parenthood Nurse Practitioner, Brittney Moore, examined a patient at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Akron, Ohio.
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In Ohio, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins also temporarily enjoined the state’s “heartbeat bill.”
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The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade ended the federal right to abortion and returned the issue to the states. Lower courts across the country are currently facing a blizzard of challenges to new state-level legal abortion restrictions.

“Today’s decision provides a desperately needed sense of certainty for both our patients and providers,” said McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“We can now breathe a sigh of relief and serve the patients. While the fight is not over, for now, Arizonans will once again be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, health care decisions and futures.”

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