Ohio voters enshrine abortion access in constitution in latest statewide win for reproductive rights


November 8, 2023

Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

Seth Golding, right, and Braydon Galliers, left, a bipartisan team of ballot fulfillment coordinators, emptied an absentee voter drop-off ballot box on Election Day outside of the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that ensures access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care, the latest victory for abortion rights supporters since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year.

Ohio became the seventh state where voters decided to protect abortion access after the landmark ruling and was the only state to consider a statewide abortion rights question this year.

''The future is bright, and tonight we can celebrate this win for bodily autonomy and reproductive rights,'' Lauren Blauvelt, co-chair of Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, which led support for the amendment, told a jubilant crowd of supporters.



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