Ohio Group Seeks to Criminalize Abortion as Aggravated Murder
A newly proposed constitutional amended submitted to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has language that would allow all abortions to be prosecuted as aggravated murder in the state of Ohio. Any violation of this proposed amendment would be punishable by a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
For this issue to go onto the ballot, the Abortion opponents would need to collect 305,000 signatures after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted verify the signatures and forward it to the Ballot Board.
“If passed, women and doctors would be imprisoned for any abortion, even one to save a woman’s life. Also, the language would block prescription birth control, emergency contraception, IUDs, and could impact access to in-vitro fertilization.” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said to The Dispatch.
This proposal is the second type of legislation that has been proposed nationally. The first was in Oklahoma which was rejected after the courts found that it would violate women’s constitutional right to an abortion.
The office of Republican Mike DeWine says that three people submitted the filing — According to The Dispatch it has more than 100 part-petitions with an “uncounted number of signatures.”
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