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Ballot Proposal Would Ban Abortions In Ohio

Sep 8, 2016

Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Credit prochoiceohio.org

A newly proposed ballot initiative filed with the Ohio Attorney General's office would start the process of banning all abortions in the state.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Petition signatures have been filed with the AG’s office to put before voters a total ban on abortion, without exception and classify it as aggravated murder in the state of Ohio. Doctors who perform abortions and women who have them would be prosecuted under this plan. NARAL Pro Choice Ohio’s Kellie Copeland’s says it could affect some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization too.

“We know that it is unconstitutional but that hasn’t stopped a number of attempts in Ohio over the years.”

There are no details about who’s behind this proposal, but Ohio Right to Life says it’s not, and didn’t want to comment. It also wasn’t involved in a previous proposed “personhood” amendment which sought to give a fertilized egg the legal rights of a person.