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What is at Stake

What is at stake?

After the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision of 2022, which overturned Roe v. Wade, Ohio’s pro-abortion forces want to change our laws to make abortion a constitutional right in Ohio.  They propose a ballot amendment to be voted on in the November 2023 general election. If it passes with a simple majority vote, abortion will become part of our bill of rights and it would make Ohio home to painful late-term abortions until birth and remove all current pro-life laws enacted. This will overturn years of effort in enacting prolife laws by our duly elected legislators.

A legal analysis of the extreme anti-parent amendment from constitutional scholars Carrie Campbell Severino, President of Judicial Crisis Network, and Frank J. Scaturro, a former special counsel to the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is available HERE.

What this means

  • This initiative would allow abortion at any age, including children, without requiring Parental Consent or even notification.

  • This initiative would require public funding of abortions, including through Medicaid.

  • This initiative would allow men to pressure women into getting an unwanted abortion.

  • This initiative would endanger women by eliminating the requirement for abortionists to follow basic hospital health and safety standards.

  • This initiative would allow painful, late-term and partial birth abortions, including right up to the moment of birth in the State of Ohio, providing no protection for the unborn at all.

Don't Be Fooled...

The language of the proposed Amendment is particular troubling and vague, so as to promote abortions for anyone, at any time, for any reason.

  • The Amendment does not mention women, or adults, but allows any "individual" of any age to make the decision, without consent or even notification of parents, even if coerced by a reluctant father.

  • Despite the deceptive use of the words "post-viability," the Amendment would allow abortions up to the moment of birth based on the abortionist's word that any aspect of the mother's health may be in jeopardy, including such "health" concerns as possible headaches, hormone imbalance, or anxiety.

  • The Amendment is intentionally deceptive by burying the word abortion at the end of a long list of more reasonable reproductive decisions, obfuscating the murder of babies in the womb.

  • The Amendment would prohibit the State from any involvement in any aspect of the abortion process, effectively eliminating medical care or treatment standards throughout the pregnancy, or during the abortion procedure.

  • The Amendment would void virtually all the laws already passed that protect the disabled, or provide notification of risks or complications, regardless of the mother's physical health or condition.

  • The Amendment would require public funding at least through Medicaid to avoid unfair burden or discrimination against low income citizens.

The official ballot language can be found HERE.​

Read excellent National Review article with legal analysis on the ballot initiative HERE.

The language in this proposed Amendment  is deceptive and dangerous.  It does not protect women's health or safety.

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