A court date in the lawsuit is set for Oct. 7.
Women are “truly panicking and want to be seen right away” for fear Republican lawmakers in other states will add further restrictions, the Women’s Med Center spokesperson said.
“Women feel the only control they have now is to terminate immediately for fear their rights may be taken away overnight. As a result, our phones are busy eight hours a day, five days a week right now with three to four staff scheduling patients non-stop throughout the day,” the representative said.
The representative from Women’s Med asked not to be named for security reasons.
Meanwhile, anti-abortion advocates have defended the Ohio law. Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis said in a statement after the initial ruling, “We are more than confident that the Heartbeat Law will go back into effect relatively soon. Further, we can assure pro-life Ohio that in the near future Ohio will become abortion-free, regardless of what this local judge ruled.”
Ohio Right to Life held a gathering in Cincinnati Wednesday to pray for an end to abortion in Ohio.
The group said that because of the judge’s ruling, “Fully formed, tiny preborn Ohio babies are now once again being slaughtered.”
Jenkins said in his ruling that the abortion providers are likely to win their case. He said Ohio’s Health Care Freedom Amendment (HCFA) implemented in 2011 could be used to argue the plaintiffs’ case.
The judge said that the law discriminates against pregnant women in violation of the state’s constitution and used examples of women with medical conditions who had to travel out of state to get an abortion so they could receive treatment.