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Abortion, ballot board lawsuit moving forward

By: - March 29, 2023 4:50 am

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The Ohio Supreme Court has set a schedule for briefs and evidence in a lawsuit claiming the Ohio Ballot Board was wrong to approve a proposed abortion constitutional amendment as one issue.

The state has until Wednesday to formally respond to the lawsuit. All parties  in the suit have until April 7 to get documents into the court related to the case, including arguments for and against it and evidence on both sides.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two members of the Cincinnati Right to Life group, claims the Ohio Ballot Board should have denied the proposed amendment in its unanimous vote that the language of the ballot initiative only handled one constitutional issue.

With the approval by the ballot board, pro-abortion rights groups have already begun collecting the necessary signatures to formally place the issue on the November ballot. They’ll need more than 400,000 signatures in 44 of the 88 Ohio counties, numbers which may change if GOP leaders have their way, and force an August primary to change the threshold to allow votes on constitutional amendments.

Currently, ballot initiative supporters have until July to collect the proper amount of signatures.



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Susan Tebben
Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow (KY) Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.