Denver, Colo., Aug 25, 2023 / 08:19 am
A pro-abortion-rights measure on Ohio’s November ballot will be numbered Issue 1, state officials announced Thursday. However, the archbishop of Cincinnati has warned that if the measure becomes law it will result in zero rights for the unborn child, among other serious consequences.
The Ohio Ballot Board, chaired by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, approved the ballot language on Thursday. To qualify the proposal for the ballot, backers submitted more than 700,000 signatures, of which 496,000 were valid, The Hill reported.
The measure, titled “The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety,” would grant strong legal protections to abortion, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati warned.
“This amendment could harm women by eliminating safety regulations on abortion clinics in Ohio, harm families by removing the rights of parents to consent to abortion or other reproductive decisions of their minor children, and enable the abortion of preborn children in the womb up to nine months,” he said Aug. 24.