Ohio Ballot Amendments Would Overturn Abortion Ban, Allow Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Elizabeth Marbach   |   Dec 12, 2022   |   5:22PM   |   Columbus, Ohio

Today, Ohio Right to Life released a statement responding to multiple pro-abortion groups announcing efforts to introduce a ballot initiative to enshrine abortion into Ohio’s constitution. Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights has clarified that they intend to have the issue on the ballot as soon as November 2023, while other groups like ACLU and Planned Parenthood alluded to waiting until 2024.

There is currently no information on what the language would read as. However, the ACLU stated in a press release that the measure would “explicitly protect reproductive freedom for all.” This means that the measure will likely have zero limits or restrictions on abortion, allowing for abortion up to 9 months of pregnancy.

“Make no mistake, this will be an extreme abortion measure proposed in 2023,” said Peter Range, CEO of Ohio Right to Life. “The group proposing this measure will talk about health care, but all they care about will be abortion on demand which ends the life of an innocent human child.”

He continued, “we believe every human life is precious, and that begins in the womb. The people of Ohio are compassionate, loving, and caring and will reject an extreme abortion measure coming from the progressive elite in Ohio.”

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“When left with the choice of protecting babies with a beating heart or allowing them to be killed at nine months old during pregnancy, Ohioans will overwhelmingly choose life,” stated Michael Gonidakis, Ohio Right to Life President. He continued, “the Buckeye state has repeatedly reiterated that we are undeniably pro-life, and this time will be no different. Ohio Right To Life has a presence in all 88 counties, and we are prepared to orchestrate the largest grassroots initiative in our state history, whether in 2023 or 2024.”

Gonidakis stated, “Lives are on the line, and we will raise the money and exhaust every resource available to protect unborn babies with beating hearts. It boggles our minds to think that some people in Ohio do not support protecting babies with beating hearts. We are ready and prepared to fight for the right to life in Ohio.”