AP Election Brief
What to expect when Ohio votes on abortion and marijuana
For the second time in three months, the national debate over reproductive rights focuses on Ohio as voters decide Tuesday whether to amend the state Constitution to protect access to abortion services.
The measure has become one of the nation’s highest-profile contests on the ballot this year and is the latest state-level skirmish over the issue since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022.
The proposed state constitutional amendment, labeled "Issue 1" on the ballot, would establish the right to “make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions” on matters including abortion, contraception and fertility treatment. It would also allow for abortions to be banned once it has been established that the fetus can survive outside of the womb, unless a physician determines that continuing with the pregnancy would endanger the patient’s "life or health."
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