The pro-abortion law, known as the Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety Amendment, was crafted by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and supported by the advocacy arm of the Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights group, the Protect Choice Ohio.
According to the new amendment, women have the right to make and carry out their own reproductive decisions on contraception, fertility treatment, continuing pregnancies, miscarriage care and abortion. It also mandates the state not to "burden, penalize, prohibit, interfere with or discriminate against" the right to abortion. (Related: Ohio voters to decide on making abortion a right in the state’s constitution in November.)
Physicians also have the authority to determine viability on a case-by-case basis. In short, the amendment allows abortions up to birth if deemed necessary to protect the mother's life or health. This revision goes beyond the existing Ohio law, which permits abortion until 22 weeks of pregnancy.
Furthermore, this new law connects "gender identity" to reproduction. Meaning to say, parents would be forced to allow their children with gender dysphoria to get irreversible treatments like puberty blockers, hormones, or worse, surgical mutilation.
Pro-life advocates are gearing up for a fierce battle to oppose what they call a radical and dangerous initiative.
Ohio Right to Life, a leading pro-life organization, has labeled the law "the most dangerous initiative in Ohio history." The group contends that the law not only permits late-term abortions up to birth with no restrictions but also undermines the ability of the state legislature to pass any future laws protecting the preborn.
Protect Women Ohio also took their sentiments to X on Nov. 7. "Our hearts are broken tonight not because we lost an election, but because Ohio families, women, and children will bear the brunt of this vote." The group highlighted the significant out-of-state funding and the use of fear-inducing ads that contributed to what they consider the most radical abortion agenda in the country.
Even religious leaders, including priests and clergy representing 171 religious congregations in Ohio, expressed strong disapproval of the law. Father Patrick Schultz of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Wadsworth, Ohio, referred to the initiative as "demonic," drawing parallels between modern abortion practices and ancient pagan rituals.
In a joint letter in October, clergymen urged voters to reject the proposal, emphasizing the extreme and radical nature of the measure. Pro-life advocates, including those currently incarcerated for their involvement in anti-abortion, have joined the chorus against the law, urging Ohioans to protect the preborn and reject what they see as a threat to the fundamental values of the state.
Similarly, U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance, Senate President Matt Huffman, Gov. Mike DeWine, Susan B. Anthony, Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens, President Mark Harrington of Created Equal, Pro-Life America and the Catholic Conference of Ohio vowed to continue defending the unborn alongside the Ohio Right to Life.
"As a 100 percent pro-life conservative, I remain steadfastly committed to protecting life, and that commitment is unwavering," said Stephens. "The legislature has multiple paths that we will explore to continue to protect innocent life."
"We don't have time to lick our wounds. In the coming days, we'll process what led to this defeat. But if abortion doesn't stop, neither do we," added Harrington.
Ohio Right to Life added: "We will never tire of our resolve to defend the innocent, so Ohio will be a state that cherishes life, both born and unborn."
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