After two separate court rulings on Friday, Arizona, and Ohio legalized abortions.
The Arizona Court of Appeals sided with Planned Parenthood Friday. A three-judge panel ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood. They argued that Kellie Johnson, Pima County Court Superior Court Judge, shouldn’t have lifted an order that prohibited a pre-statehood law banning abortions in any circumstances except if the mother is in imminent danger.
Christian Jenkins, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge, issued a preliminary order that stops Ohio’s heartbeat bill. This bans abortions when “fetal heartbeats” are detected. It could happen as early as six weeks.
Roe v. Wade had been overturned. The law was then put into effect but was subsequently paused.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office did not argue that the March 15-week abortion law should be nullified. Johnson offered them relief from an injunction that would have prevented them from enforcing this abortion ban.
Johnson granted Johnson’s request last month. However, the court on Friday reinstated the injunction while Planned Parenthood appeals Johnson’s decision.
Alexis McGill Johnson, President, and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America stated in a statement that they welcome the decision to allow abortions to resume.
McGill Johnson stated that today’s decision gives patients and providers a sense of security. “We can now let out a sigh and continue to serve our patients. Although the battle isn’t over, Arizonans will be able to once again make their own decisions about health care and their futures.
Dr. Steven Ralston from the University of Maryland was a maternal physician who testified before the Ohio judge. He said that Ohio’s abortion law language is unclear and that doctors could lose their medical licenses or face felony charges for misinterpreting it.
Ralston stated, “I have seen many, much more patients end up in ICUs after having a child than women who had an abortion.” “I don’t recall a time when I saw a woman in an ICU after having an abortion.
The Ohio State’s Attorneys had Dr. Dennis Sullivan testify. He is a Cedarville University bioethics expert. Sullivan, who works at a private-Baptist college, stated that the law is consistent with good medical practice, stating that life begins at conception.
The Ohio State’s Attorneys are expected to appeal this decision. An appeals court will continue hearing Planned Parenthood’s complete appeal of the abortion law.