The Ohio Ballot Board is meeting on Thursday, August 24, to determine the final ballot language for Women’s Reproductive Rights. In addition, the Ballot Board members – consisting of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, two other Republicans and two Democratic members, will be assigning the issue number for the ballot. As a state issue, it will be either Issue 1 or Issue 2. This page will be updated with additional information once the Ballot Board meets. Know Your Issues!
FULL TEXT OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT
Be it Resolved by the People of the State of Ohio that Article I of the Ohio Constitution is amended to add the following Section:
Article I, Section 22. The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety
A. Every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions, including but not limited to decisions on:
- fertility treatment;
- continuing one’s own pregnancy;
- miscarriage care; and
B. The State shall not, directly or indirectly, burden, penalize, prohibit, interfere with, or discriminate against either:
- An individual’s voluntary exercise of this right or
- A person or entity that assists an individual exercising this right,
unless the State demonstrates that it is using the least restrictive means to advance the individual’s health in accordance with widely accepted and evidence-based standards of care.
However, abortion may be prohibited after fetal viability. But in no case may such an abortion be prohibited if in the professional judgment of the pregnant patient’s treating physician it is necessary to protect the pregnant patient’s life or health.
C. As used in this Section:
- “Fetal viability” means “the point in a pregnancy when, in the professional judgment of the pregnant patient’s treating physician, the fetus has a significant likelihood of survival outside the uterus with reasonable This is determined on a case-by-case basis.”
- “State” includes any governmental entity and any political subdivision.
D. This Section is self-executing.
- Summary and Full Text (PDF)
- Attorney General Certification Letter, March 2, 2023 (PDF)
- Letter from the Ohio Ballot Board, March 13, 2023 (PDF)
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