Ohio Activist Toolkit: Abortion Polling and Messaging in the Post-Roe World

August 3, 2022

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the federal constitutional right to abortion, and leaving the decision up to the states. Hours after the decision came down, a federal judge in Ohio granted the State’s request to allow a previously blocked abortion ban, Senate Bill 23, to take effect. Senate Bill 23 radically restricts access to abortion in Ohio by outlawing abortion after the detection of fetal cardiac motion, which usually happens at six weeks of pregnancy, with very limited exceptions. On June 29, Ohio abortion providers, represented by the ACLU, ACLU of Ohio, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the law firm WilmerHale, filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court to restore Ohioans’ reproductive rights secured by the Ohio Constitution. The lawsuit is ongoing, but for now, abortion is illegal after the detection of fetal cardiac motion.