11.07.23 (PRESS RELEASE) – Ohio voters have passed a constitutional amendment that enshrines reproductive freedom – including the right to abortion – in the state constitution. Voters turned out in record numbers to support abortion access in this evening’s general election despite repeated attempts by the anti-abortion movement to confuse voters with misleading information. The passing of this constitutional amendment will enshrine the right to abortion into the state constitution.
Since Roe v Wade was overturned last year, six other states have voted on abortion-related ballot initiatives. In each of those states, the people voted in favor of abortion rights, and more states are adding abortion rights to the ballot in 2024. Polls consistently show that most Americans support abortion access and disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe.
Statement from Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“The vote to enshrine abortion rights in Ohio’s constitution is big news for politics and law. The Ohio Constitution will now explicitly protect the right to ‘make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions’. This guarantee extends beyond abortion to fertility treatment, contraception, maternity care, and other reproductive health decisions. Today’s vote means that the extreme six-week abortion ban that Ohio lawmakers passed – against the wishes of their constituents – will not take effect. Voters across the U.S. are stepping up to protect the rights the Supreme Court dismantled. Since the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, every time voters have been able to weigh in, they’ve voted in favor of protection of abortion rights. This victory in Ohio could not have happened without the grassroots organizers on the ground, who fought tirelessly against the anti-abortion movement’s misinformation campaign.”
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