Ohio judge halts six-week abortion ban amid court battle

An Ohio judge put the state's ban on abortion after six weeks of gestation on hold at least temporarily while a legal battle ensues over whether the law violates the state constitution.

Hamilton County Judge Christian Jenkins, a Democrat, granted a request for a preliminary injunction against the 2019 so-called fetal heartbeat abortion ban,

which will allow abortion to once again be legal in the state for up to 22 weeks.

The trial could be ongoing for up to a year before a final decision is made.

The ruling in favor of abortion providers came after a five-hour hearing on Friday

that featured testimony from physicians on either side of the abortion debate.

“This law creates a degree of difficulty for practitioners,

plus a narrow position to chose between themselves and their own interests and the delivery of health care,

that they very much want to deliver to their patients,”