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Ohio Approve Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing Abortion Rights

Ohio voters delivered a statewide victory for progressives on Tuesday when they passed a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing abortion rights. In an election that drew national attention, Issue 1racked up a big early voting advantage that helped it cruise to victory on election night and end a bitter campaign over abortion access that drew millions of dollars in outside spending on both sides.  Ohio becomes the seventh state to back abortion rights in statewide votes since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the summer of 2022. The language that will be added to the Ohio Constitution protects individuals’ decisions about abortion, pregnancy, contraception, miscarriage care and fertility treatment until fetal viability, around 22 to 24 weeks. Then the General Assembly would be allowed to regulate reproductive decisions. But women would still be allowed to get an abortion after viability if in the professional judgement of her physician it’s needed to protect her life or health.