Ohio Seeks Supreme Court Intervention to Uphold Abortion Ban Ahead of State Vote

(LibertySons.org) – Arguments over Ohio’s abortion ban — and the Left’s efforts to undermine it — recently hit the state’s Supreme Court. Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers requested that judges reverse the preliminary order currently protecting the procedure. An upcoming ballot initiative could allow the state’s voters to decide on the issue once and for all, amending its constitution to cement a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. Conservative lawmakers want the ban upheld ahead of the vote.

Ohio’s official election day is November 7, although military absentee voting for the state has already begun, and early in-person voting begins on October 11. Citizens will decide on Ohio Issue 1, Right to Make Reproductive Decisions Including Abortion Initiative (2023), which proposes amending the state constitution to make abortion forever legal in the state.

Supporters of Ohio Issue 1 say all reproductive decisions should be between a woman and her doctor, not the government. They have been fighting to keep pregnancy terminations legal in Ohio ever since the Supreme Court decided on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which shifted power over the matter from the federal government back to the individual states.

Opponents say that not only do they oppose abortions, which the initiative would make legal for good, but they’re also against the ballot measure’s vague language. They argue that approval could strip parents of vital rights, allow abortions up until the 9th month of pregnancy, and open the doors for interpretations that would empower transgender activists. Both sides have raised millions of dollars to fight for Ohio’s vote, which only needs a simple majority to pass.

Flowers’ request to the Ohio Supreme Court isn’t likely to go anywhere. State law blocks appeals on preliminary orders before judges assigned to their cases make their final judgments, according to Yahoo! News, although there’s always a chance a ruling could come ahead of the ballot vote.

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