reproductive rights amendment

Pumping the brakes: Ohio House Speaker dismisses effort to limit court jurisdiction on Issue 1

BY: - November 15, 2023

Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens threw cold water on a bid to thwart the recent abortion rights amendment Issue 1. Instead of attempting to deny the courts’ jurisdiction or rushing to the ballot with a repeal effort, Stephens argued lawmakers should focus on maternal and early childhood care. Despite the speaker’s measured response, Democrats remain […]

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 […]

Mapping the Issues: How Ohio’s ballot measures stack up against recent elections, one another

BY: - November 13, 2023

Last week’s election marks a significant victory for reproductive rights and recreational marijuana advocates. In both cases, support for those issues has traditionally aligned with left of center voters, but Tuesday’s results didn’t fit that model. In a state that has taken a hard right turn, two seemingly liberal ballot measures easily out-performed former President […]

People enter a voting precinct to vote in the Michigan primary election at Trombly School Aug. 7, 2018 in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Voting is underway in Ohio with voters weighing abortion rights and marijuana

BY: - November 7, 2023

Ohioans got a mild, sunny Election Day to weigh in on two major statewide ballot measures as well as local offices. But while rain and snow aren’t going to deter voters this year, voting rights advocates described a handful of challenges Tuesday morning. Around the state, voters will decide whether to protect reproductive rights with […]

If abortion measure fails, Ohioans on parole and probation could face graver restrictions

BY: - November 3, 2023

When Ohioans go to the polls on Nov. 7 to vote on Issue 1, which would establish a constitutional right to abortion in the state, they will do so having already experienced what severe restrictions on abortion access look like. After the Supreme Court removed federal protections for abortion in its Dobbs decision last June, the state’s attorney general immediately […]


Ohio Issue 1 asks voters if health care should be left to patients and physicians, or politicians

BY: - November 1, 2023

Ohioans have a little less than a week to vote on Issue 1, which will encode Roe-like, pre-viability abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution. With opponents kicking up a great deal of misinformation dust, we need to zoom out to see the bigger picture. Clarity, after all, is a cornerstone of democratic life. Americans need […]


Ohio GOP politicians have gone to extraordinary lengths to subvert and deceive on Issue 1

BY: - October 31, 2023

Quietly purging nearly 27,000 Ohioans from the voter rolls late last month, even as some voting had already begun in the Nov. 7 election, was dirty pool. The questionably timed expulsion of inactive voters — ahead of a statewide vote on abortion rights — was ordered by a vocal opponent of that ballot referendum without […]

Ohio Supreme Court approves abortion rights amendment Ballot Board summary for voters with one tweak

BY: - September 20, 2023

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered one tweak to summary language approved by Republicans on the Ohio Ballot Board for voters to see in November on a proposed reproductive rights amendment. The split state supreme court rejected using the full text of the proposed amendment and declared that that summary language that voters will see […]