G. McConway
August 1, 2023

Ohio Supreme Court Case Wants to Toss Reproductive Rights Off Ballot

Something tells me this is a case that will quickly wind up before our Supreme Court.l

The state Supreme Court of Ohio is about to hear a case that could dramatically change the Ohio ballot for the upcoming election.

A recent lawsuit wants to block the “proposed reproductive and abortion rights amendment that’s been certified to appear on the ballot in November,” reported State News.

The Lawsuit

The suit was just filed on Friday by attorney Curt Harman, who is representing two Republicans who seek to have the measure removed from the ballot, reported

They want to have the amendment removed because they claim it is not specific enough in terms of the laws that would be impacted.

Among those laws are “the six-week abortion ban that took effect briefly last summer before litigation put it on hold, along with the ban on abortion after a diagnosis of Down syndrome and the law requiring parental consent for abortions for minors.”

Gabriel Mann, spokesman for Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, stated, “Anti-choice extremists know they can’t win at the ballot box so they have resorted to dirty tricks to try to silence the voice of Ohioans.

“We expected a desperate challenge like this one but we are confident we have met every requirement to be on the ballot as the secretary of state has already certified.”

To that point, Mann believes the measure has met all requirements and the lawsuit brought by Republicans should be tossed.

For the new measure to pass, it would only need a simple majority. However, if Issue 1 passes on the upcoming August 8 ballot, the measure would need 60 percent or more of the voter count to become a law.

According to the report, the case will be expedited by the State Supreme Court to have it settled prior to the election.

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