New Abortion Ballot Initiative Threatens Health and Safety of Ohio Babies and Moms

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2023
Contact: Kelsey Pritchard, [email protected]

Pro-Life Advocates Push Back on Radical Proposed Amendment to Ohio Constitution   

Washington, D.C. – Today two pro-abortion groups in Ohio, Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom and Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights, submitted language for a fall ballot initiative that, if passed, would amend the Ohio Constitution to guarantee a so-called “fundamental right to reproductive freedom.”  

In reality, the amendment would bar Ohioans from acting through their elected representatives to protect women and children prior to viability. And even after viability, this initiative would allow broad exceptions for abortions at any time during pregnancy.    

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America slammed the dangerous proposal and warned it would remove the rights of parents to be informed and consent to an abortion for their minor daughter, eliminate basic health and safety standards protecting women, and remove the guardrails preventing vulnerable women from being coerced into unwanted abortions.   

“This proposal is the abortion industry’s latest attempt to force their radical, out-of-touch agenda on Ohioans at the expense of babies and moms, including bringing painful late-term abortion to the state,” said SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “It would ultimately endanger women and children by eliminating basic health and safety standards, and even cancel the rights of parents who deserve to be informed and consent before their underage daughters would undergo such procedures. This extreme proposal must be rejected.”    

More than a dozen states have taken action to protect life, with the potential to save more than 125,000 lives in the first year after the Dobbs Supreme Court decision.  

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.  


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