In two separate orders, the state’s highest court blocked new hospital admitting privileges requirements and restrictions on medication abortions from taking effect while trials challenging their legality proceed.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will likely become majority leader if he wins his re-election campaign next week and if the Republicans win the Senate, has promised his base that a 20-week abortion ban is a priority for him.
The ruling means a 2011 law that bans off-label use of abortion-inducting medications can take effect immediately.
The emergency request comes after a lower court ruled the law could take effect November 1.
The only remaining abortion clinic in the greater Cincinnati area, which serves an estimated 2.1 million people, was hit with a citation this month from the Ohio Department of Health for failing to have a written transfer agreement with a local private hospital.
Attorneys the Center for Reproductive Rights say they’re planning to file an emergency appeal with the state supreme court.
Supporters of the clinic have wanted to fight back for a long time, but were waiting for a window of opportunity to take a stand.
The impact of targeted regulations on abortion providers extends beyond financial—it can also make it challenging to sustain a vision of quality “woman-centered” care.
A series of orders from the Roberts Court in both voting and abortion rights cases is setting the stage for a future battle over the role of the federal courts in checking lawmaker bias.
“Tomorrow, thirteen clinics across the state will be allowed to reopen and provide women with safe and legal abortion care in their own communities,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement following the ruling.