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Ohio Attorney General approves language in abortion protection petition

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office approved summary language Thursday in a petition to enshrine abortion rights in Ohio’s state constitution and advanced the amendment to its next step, according to the Associated Press.

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Attorney General Dave Yost determined the summary submitted by a pair of abortion groups to be a ‘fair and truthful summary of the proposed statue,’ according to a spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

It has been sent to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

The proposal will next go to the Ohio Ballot Board and they will determine whether it contains a single constitutional amendment or more than one.

The board must certify the proposal.

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News Center 7 previously reported the Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights and Ohioans for Reproductive sent the paperwork to the Attorney General’s Office.

They said Thursday they are pleased that this step is done.

“Like so many other Americans, Ohioans are widely and deeply unhappy with the overturn of Roe v. Wade last year,” said Dr. Lauren Beene, Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights. “The health and lives of Ohioans and the sanctity of doctor-patient relationships have been at risk due to extreme anti-abortion legislation passed at the Statehouse.”

Ohio Right to Life said Thursday they “look forward to exposing the dangers of this extreme dangers” of this amendment.

“If passed, it would cancel parental rights and measures in place to protect young girls; basic health and safety protections for women would be wiped out; and it would make Ohio home to painful late-term abortions right up until birth,” said Peter Range, Ohio Right to Life’s Chief Executive Officer.”

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