6th Circuit Considers Ohio’s ban on Abortions due to Down Syndrome

Ohio law prohibits abortion when the pregnant woman is seeking an abortion due to a fetal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Ohio’s law was enjoined by a federal district court judge in March 2018. The case is now an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The appellate court heard oral arguments on January 30, 2019.  It seems likely that the court will affirm the lower court’s ruling.

Indiana has a similar statute that was struck down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and that case is now pending before the US Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court will likely decide whether to hear the Indiana case in mid or late February.

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.