Judge Blocks Ohio Ban on Abortions Due to Down Syndrome

The New York Times / The Associated Press – A state law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome was placed on hold by a federal judge on Wednesday.

Judge Timothy Black said the law's opponents are "highly likely" to succeed in arguing the law is unconstitutional because "federal law is crystal clear" that a state can't limit a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy before viability. His ruling means the law won't take effect next week, as scheduled, while the litigation proceeds.

A legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Freda Levenson, said the judge acted appropriately against "a thinly-veiled attempt to criminalize abortion."

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