Judge Blocks Ohio Law Banning Abortions of Unborn Babies with Down Syndrome

Here is a link to story on a March 14, 2018 decision by a federal judge in Ohio enjoining Ohio’s law banning abortions of unborn babies with Down syndrome. The case, Preterm-Cleveland v. Himes, indicates how extreme the US law is on abortion. The Ohio federal judge interpreted the Supreme Court’s cases (Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey) as authorizing abortion on demand. According to the judge, the state can’t second guess a pregnant woman’s decision to have an abortion. Interestingly, the opinion refers to the unborn as a “child.”

Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.