Ohio's Pro-Life Community Concerned Over Constitutional Amendment Approval
FREE Catholic Classes
Pro-life organizations in Ohio are deeply troubled for families, women, and children following the approval of a referendum enshrining the right to abortion in the state constitution.
Photo credit: Adele Morris
"The approval of this amendment is a heartbreaking moment for Ohio, not due to an election loss, but because Ohio's families, women, and children will bear the consequences of this vote," stated the board of directors for Protect Women Ohio, the pro-life coalition fighting against the amendment.
On November 7, nearly 4 million Ohioans went to the polls to vote on Issue 1, which passed by a margin of approximately 13 points. A significant 56.6% of voters selected "yes" on the referendum, while 43.4% selected "no," with more than 95% of the votes counted.
This new amendment, approved through the referendum, will become part of the state constitution 30 days after its adoption.
Opponents of the amendment fear that it will pave the way for late-term abortions in Ohio and erode parental consent and notification laws for minors seeking abortions.
"When Michigan passed a similar amendment last year, voters were promised that parental rights would remain untouched, that late-term abortion would stay illegal, and that women's health and safety standards would be preserved," emphasized the Protect Women Ohio Board of Directors. "However, recent developments in Michigan, where penalties for partial-birth abortions were repealed, health and safety protections at abortion facilities were eliminated, and parental consent laws were deemed 'unconstitutional,' indicate that similar attacks on parents and children are now looming over Ohio."
Jor-El Godsey shared similar concerns about the amendment, stating that "Big Abortion prevailed" while "women, parents, and babies lost."
"Women have lost vital protections, parents have been deprived of their role in a crucial and perilous aspect of their child's medical and emotional well-being, and babies have been denied their innate bodily autonomy," Godsey lamented. "The work of pregnancy support is now the only refuge from the clutches of abortion profiteers."
Though the amendment permits lawmakers to restrict most abortions after "viability," it does not establish a clear cutoff for viability, leaving this determination to the mother's treating physician, often the abortionist, on a "case-by-case basis."
Furthermore, post-viability abortions cannot be restricted when the mother's life or health is at risk. Similarly, the assessment of a "health" risk is left to the mother's treating physician, typically the abortionist.
The amendment is devoid of any reference to parental rights or notification laws. However, many pro-life groups have cautioned that using the term "individual" instead of "adult" or "woman" could provide pro-abortion activists with an avenue to challenge the constitutionality of these laws in court.
Pro-abortion organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, celebrated the outcome of the referendum.
Despite this setback, pro-life activists remain optimistic about future referendum battles in other states. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, noted that the amendment failed primarily due to misrepresentation from the pro-abortion side.
"Valuable lessons have been learned from Issue 1," Dannenfelser stated. "In states where abortion will be on the ballot in 2024, pro-life and pro-woman coalitions will need to allocate more resources to deliver compassionate pro-life messages to women and their children, countering the fear-driven campaigns of the opposition."
Referendums related to abortion will appear on the ballots in Maryland and New York in 2024, with efforts underway in at least nine other states to include abortion-related referendums on state ballots.
Join the Movement
When you sign up below, you don't just join an email list - you're joining an entire movement for Free world class Catholic education.
Mysteries of the Rosary
St. Faustina Kowalska
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint of the Day for Wednesday, Oct 4th, 2023
St. Francis of Assisi
Female / Women Saints
7 Morning Prayers you need to get your day started with God
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 05, 2023
- St. Sabas: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 05, 2023
- Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, December 05, 2023
- Daily Readings for Monday, December 04, 2023
- St. John of Damascus: Saint of the Day for Monday, December 04, 2023
- Thanks for Family and Friends: Prayer of the Day for Monday, December 04, 2023
Help Now >
Copyright 2023 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2023 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.