abortion amendment

Ohio Republicans weigh response after losing at the ballot box on abortion, marijuana

BY: - November 14, 2023

Lawmakers are back to work this week, and Ohio Republicans are wrestling with the fallout of last week’s passage of Issue 1. In any other circumstance, a 13-point victory amounts to voters sending a clear message. But when it comes to the reproductive rights amendment, some right-wing lawmakers aren’t listening. On the heels of Issue […]

Would November’s abortion rights amendment limit parental rights in Ohio? Experts say no

BY: - August 16, 2023

Opponents of the Ohio reproductive rights amendment appearing on this November’s ballot contend the changes would eliminate parental consent laws. Notably, their arguments focus on gender affirming care, rather than abortion. The proposed ballot measure would reinstate a standard in Ohio similar to the one imposed nationally by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992’s Casey […]

Ohio Supreme Court sets date for arguments in abortion appeal

BY: - August 11, 2023

Update 8/14/23 – The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit attempting to block the abortion ballot initiative from heading to the November general election. ______________________________________________________________________________ The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case regarding the indefinitely paused six-week abortion ban as it also decides whether to intervene in the November abortion ballot […]

Mostly silent on Issue 1, Ohio Gov. DeWine now gears up for debate over abortion rights amendment

BY: - August 11, 2023

In the wake of Issue 1’s failure, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is turning his attention squarely on an abortion rights amendment voters will consider in November. Unlike with Issue 1, DeWine appears much more interested in making a case to voters. The governor insisted the amendment doesn’t square with what he believes the majority of […]

One Toledo law professor is helping drive two of this year’s most controversial proposals in Ohio

BY: and - June 14, 2023

Since introducing a plan last year to make it harder to amend the Ohio Constitution, supporters have insisted their proposal was an issue-neutral effort to protect the state’s founding document. But advocates for a new 60% threshold for constitutional amendments have repeatedly hewed toward a variety of very specific issues: Firearms groups worried about future […]

Poll: majority of GOP lawmakers want to cut voter access to Ohio Constitution

BY: - April 17, 2023

A majority of Ohio’s Republican lawmakers want to make it harder for voters to amend the state Constitution. But significantly fewer think it’s something Ohioans would support at the polls, according to a Gongwer-Werth poll published on Friday. Some Ohio House Republicans — and Secretary of State Frank LaRose — are reviving a measure that […]

Abortion, ballot board lawsuit moving forward

BY: - March 29, 2023

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 […]

Ohio abortion rights amendment takes next step after petition language certified

BY: - March 3, 2023

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has certified petition summary language for a proposed amendment to protect abortion rights in the state constitution, which organizers hope to place on the November ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board will now determine whether or not the initiative only involves changing only one amendment, as required. If approved by the […]