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Establish a constitutional right to abortion

The grassroots-backed measure would make Ohio the latest in a string of states to enshrine abortion rights in their constitutions. A “yes” vote would amend the constitution to give individuals “the right to make and carry out their own reproductive decisions,” including abortion decisions.

If the amendment passes, the state legislature could ban abortion even after the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb — roughly 23 weeks — unless the patient’s “attending physician” deems it necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.

BALLOT MEASURE
2023 OHIO 1 – ABORTION RIGHTS GENERAL
Updated

Nov 8, 2023, 12:20 PM
AP estimates
98% of votes counted
Yes wins. AP race call at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2023.
Yes
YES
2,142,956 votes 56.4%

No
NO
1,660,211 votes 43.6%

Voters in Ohio have decided to amend their state constitution to guarantee abortion rights and other reproductive rights, according to the Associated Press.

Ohio was the only state to directly vote on abortion access this cycle. The campaign has been widely watched across the country ahead of the 2024 presidential election as an indicator of how mobilized voters are on abortion rights.

The result continues a winning streak by abortion rights advocates who pushed to bring the issue directly to voters through constitutional amendments and ballot measures after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year. Since then, access to abortion has been on the ballot in seven states. In each case, abortion rights groups lost.

President Biden called the vote a “victory” for democracy.

“Ohioians and voters across the country have rejected MAGA Republican officials’ attempts to enact extreme abortion bans that threaten women’s health and lives, force women to travel hundreds of miles for care, and threaten to criminalize doctors and nurses for providing care. the health care their patients need and are trained to provide,” Biden said in a statement Tuesday night.

Passage of the amendment will stop the return of a state law that bans abortions when fetal heart activity can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

A regional court suspended the law a year ago after doctors filed a lawsuit alleging that although it had an exception for the life of the mother, some women ended up in life-threatening situations. The state appealed the decision to the Republican-controlled Ohio Supreme Court, which includes three justices who have publicly said they oppose abortion rights.

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