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Defeating The Ohio Abortion Ballot Initiative

by | Oct 23, 2023

The Most Dangerous Initiative Ohio Has Ever Faced

On November 7th, 2023, Ohioans will vote on the most dangerous ballot initiative in Ohio history. If Issue 1 passes, it will enshrine abortion-until-birth, with zero restrictions, into Ohio’s constitution. The seriousness of this ballot initiative cannot be overstated. If this is passed, Ohio’s legislature could not pass any future laws to protect the preborn. The abortion issue would be ripped out of our hands permanently.

It is important to note that this ballot measure would not only allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy but also enshrine minors’ “right“  to undergo dangerous sex-change surgeries and acquire life-altering drugs, like Lupron, behind their parent’s backs.

Here’s how you can help:

1.  Pray: Daily, commit to pray at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m. in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2.  Volunteer: Visit or your local pro-life organization and sign up to help us defend the Constitution and preborn children in our state.

3.  Donate: To compete in a state like Ohio we will need to raise millions of dollars for the campaign and paid advertising. Consider donating at or your favorite pro-life organization.

4.  Educate: Start locally by informing your pastor, priest, and church about the upcoming ballot initiative. Recruit volunteers to help in the cause!

5.  Vote: Vote NO on Issue 1 on (or before) November 7, 2023.

Know the Facts

How does Issue 1 put women at risk?

Health and safety standards in Ohio could be eliminated. Doctors could no longer need to examine a woman or explain the risks of the abortion procedure ahead of time.

How does Issue 1 threaten parental rights?

A fifteen-year-old could have an abortion without her parents knowing. Current Ohio law requires parental notification and consent before a child under 18 can obtain an abortion. These parental right protections could be removed as they directly conflict with the amendment which would allow all individuals, including minors, to make their own reproductive decisions. 

How does Issue 1 threaten the lives of fully formed pre-born babies?

Abortion would be legal through all 9 months of pregnancy. Physicians at an abortion clinic could use a woman’s age or emotional well-being as a reason to perform an abortion in the 3rd trimester. 

What’s really in the amendment text?

Issue 1 is particularly dangerous because of the intentionally broad and vague language in it. The language gives no limitation on age and gender for reproductive decisions that could include abortion and gender reassignment surgery. The result of this broad language will be the dismantling of parental rights and all common sense abortion regulation.

We can look to Michigan for a preview of what will happen in Ohio if Issue 1 passes:

“Following the passage of Proposition 3 last year, pro-life, pro-woman laws are falling by the wayside. Michigan has already removed nearly all informed consent documents from its state website. By introducing this suite of bills, Michigan Democrats hope to formalize these changes so that future administrations cannot revive pro-life, pro-woman protections. Should Issue 1 pass in November, the same process will play out in Ohio.

Press secretary for Protect Women Ohio, Amy Natoce, said, “Because of Prop 3, Michigan has become the wild, wild west where they have allowed radical abortion ideology to override common sense and compassionate medical safety requirements protecting women and children – not to mention parental rights. Ohio be warned: The tragic consequences of Michigan’s Prop 3 are coming to fruition less than a year after passage. What is happening to our neighbors will certainly happen here if Issue 1 passes.” Read more.

The document below gives a quick overview of the dangers in the Amendment text.


Debunking medical misinformation

From the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

MYTH #1 Miscarriage care and ectopic pregnancy treatment could be denied if Issue 1 fails.

MYTH #2 Late-term abortions do not happen or only happen to have the life of a mother.

From Protect Women Ohio

Categories: State Legislation