September 21, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Today, in response to an order from the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Ballot Board made minor revisions to their deceptive Issue 1 ballot language, but again approved a politicized and biased rewrite that misleads voters about the reproductive rights amendment.

Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights spokesperson Lauren Blauvelt said, “At every turn, extremist politicians in Ohio are trying to take away our rights and mislead voters, and today was more of the same. It’s simple. Voting Yes on Issue 1 puts Ohioans back in charge of their families’ personal medical decisions and stops government from interfering. Voting NO hands your most personal family decisions over to the GOVERNMENT.”

The Issue 1 constitutional amendment is clearly and concisely written to protect Ohioans’ right to make our own personal health care decisions about contraception, pregnancy, and abortion, free from government interference. Ohioans can find the actual amendment language at:

Blauvelt continued: “Extreme politicians here in Ohio passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, even preventing doctors from acting until the patient is on the brink of death. If Issue 1 fails, anti-abortion politicians will have the power to enforce this extreme abortion ban, a ban with no exceptions for rape or incest. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Vote Yes on Issue 1 in November to stop government from taking away our rights.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and other members of the Ohio Ballot Board were “misleading” voters. This is the second time in just four months that the Ballot Board has tried to adopt ballot language that violates the Ohio Constitution. The Court directed the Ohio Ballot Board to reconvene and revise Issue 1 ballot language to fix this misleading language.

This year anti-abortion extremists and politicians have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to deceive voters, abuse their authority, use political games, and even change laws to prevent Ohioans from having clear, accurate information about Issue 1. In August, Ohio voters soundly rejected their power grab. In November, voters across Ohio will again stand up for their freedom by voting Yes on Issue 1.