The impact of overturning Roe vs. Wade

June 24, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, United States;   Hundreds of people rallied at the Ohio Statehouse and marched through downtown Columbus in support of abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch

An Ohio law banning almost all abortions after six weeks went into effect. A lawsuit was filed to overturn it, and a complete ban on abortion is in the works. 

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Laura Bischoff.

1) What the six-week ban means

Abortions in Ohio are no longer permitted once fetal cardiac activity is detected. This happens at about six weeks gestation or two weeks from the first day of a missed period. 

The law has no exemption for rape or mental health complications. The only reason an abortion can be performed after six weeks in Ohio is a physical, life-threatening complication like Preeclampsia.

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