Best Of 2022

Best Common-Sense Decision

Controversial — some might say ill-conceived — legislation in Mason was aborted in December. After months of attempting to become a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” Mason finally gave up its mission to ban abortions when the city council voted 6-1 to repeal an anti-abortion ordinance that was supposed to have taken effect in November. Had the abortion ban stood, it would have outlawed abortion at all gestational stages within Mason’s city limits and punished those who “aid and abet” abortions through funding, transportation and more. Violators also could have been fined $2,500 and spent a year in prison. Mason’s attempts happened just a few months after nearby Lebanon unanimously passed a similar anti-abortion ordinance; the ACLU of Ohio said Lebanon’s legislation was “blatantly unconstitutional” and ripe for legal challenge. These acts lined up with recent Supreme Court decisions regarding controversial abortion bans in Texas and Mississippi that pose a threat to other precedent-setting abortion cases.