State Republicans argued the measure went "too far" and even further than Roe v. Wade. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine told Fox News in October, "It's pretty clear that this constitutional amendment just goes farther, much further than what the average Ohioan approves.”
Dewine added, "If a voter is comfortable with abortion up until the time of birth, they're probably going to be okay with this amendment — if they're comfortable with parents not being involved in the most important decision their daughter will ever make or certainly has made up until that point in her life. If they're okay with that, then they should vote for this."
He also told Fox News Sunday, “If you look at Issue 1, it’s a radical proposal, and whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, it just goes much, much too far. It would enshrine in our Constitution the right to have an abortion up until birth, any time during the pregnancy. Second thing it would do is threaten a law we had on the books for many years requiring parental consent if we’re dealing with a minor. The lawyers who wrote this were mindful for what they were doing. It is a radical proposal that does not fit Ohio.”
The ACLU spent tens of millions of dollars on the race in a state that former President Donald Trump won by 8 points in 2020. The liberal organization claimed that an amendment to the state constitution was required to protect abortion access after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Protect Women Ohio spokeswoman Amy Natoce said, "The ACLU paid out-of-state signature collectors to lie to Ohioans about their dangerous amendment that will strip parents of their rights, permit minors to undergo sex change operations without their parents’ knowledge or consent, and allow painful abortion on demand through all nine months."
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