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Ohio voters enshrine the right to abortion in their state constitution

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Ohio voters made a very important statement that will affect the lives of thousands of women by voting to enshrine the right to abortion in their state constitution.

It’s a major victory for pro-choice advocates after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last year.

The amendment counteracts the state’s recently passed «heartbeat bill» which banned most abortions in Ohio.

This news marks a milestone in the United States, as many states moved to enact abortion bans following the Supreme Court’s historic decision.

Ohio voters enshrine abortion access in their state constitution

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In a historic decision that has shaken Republicans, Ohio voters enshrine abortion access in their state constitution.

They voted for ballot issue 1 by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday.

This constitutes a major victory for the pro-choice movement in the United States.

Voters made it clear they believe everyone has the right “to one’s own reproductive medical treatment, including but not limited to abortion.”

A historic fight

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This historic decision in Ohio marks a milestone in the fight to protect reproductive rights across the country, and its impact extends far beyond the borders of this state.

The referendum, which became the center of national attention, is an indicator of the importance of access to safe abortion care.

In addition, it demonstrates that this issue could have a major impact on the 2024 election.

Ohio is now the seventh to reject restrictions on access to abortion.

What does this decision mean?

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This amendment also protects any person or entity that helps a patient receive reproductive medical treatment.

In addition, it prevents the state from «burdening, penalizing or prohibiting,» those rights, according to NBC News.

However, this amendment to the state constitution does not close the door on the state legislature being able to ban abortion after 23 or 24 weeks.

The current law provides exceptions if the health of the mother or baby is at risk.

How important is Ohio’s constitutional amendment?

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This amendment, while allowing for certain restrictions, is a significant achievement for reproductive rights advocates.

Ohio is considered a swing state, where neither Democrats nor Republicans are assured of victory in the presidential election.

However, in the last two presidential elections Donald Trump won Ohio.

Before that, former President Barack Obama won the state.

A unique victory for reproductive rights

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This victory in Ohio is particularly important after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year.

Following this decision, almost half of the states in the country have implemented laws that restrict or completely prohibit abortion.

This has generated an intense debate about reproductive rights and women’s autonomy.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, twenty-one states ban abortion after 18 weeks — and some even earlier.

Who is most affected by abortion bans?

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Abortion bans particularly affect those who are low-income, immigrants and Black women.

This highlights the inequalities in access to reproductive health care in the United States.

The victory in Ohio represents an important step in the fight for protection of reproductive rights in the country.

In addition, it sends a clear message about the importance of guaranteeing equal access reproductive health care for all women.

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