If Issue 1 receives majority No votes, a six-week ban on abortion is likely to be reinstated by Ohio's conservative Supreme Court. If Issue 1 receives a majority of Yes votes, a 6-week ban on abortion services would be considered unconstitutional and abortion access would remain available up until fetal viability, or about 24 weeks gestation.
The latest resultsThe Associated Press is projecting Ohio Issue 1 will pass. As of 9:10 p.m., YES on Issue 1 has 57.42% of the vote with nearly 25% of precincts reporting.
Numbers last updated at 9 p.m.:
Numbers last updated at 8:30 p.m.:
With 1.87% of precincts reporting, YES on Issue 1 is ahead with 63.21% of the vote, or 557,415 votes. NO on Issue is at 36.79% with 324,412 votes.
Numbers last updated at 8 p.m.:
A half hour after polls closed, Issue 1 is out of the gate with YES leading at 65.70%, or 417,711 votes. NO on Issue 1 is trailing at 34.30% or 218,038 votes.
What is Issue 1?
Opponents of Issue 1 believe the amendment allow abortions “up until the time of birth," but doctors have repeatedly testified that abortions that take place are non-viable pregnancies or pregnancies that threaten the life and well being of the pregnant patient.
Opponents of the amendment also say the change would limit parents' right to decide whether or not their child gets an abortion.
Because the amendment applies to Ohio "individuals," opponents worry passing Issue 1 would allow minors to bypass parental permission to access gender-affirming healthcare. Gender-affirming care is never mentioned as an example of reproductive healthcare in the amendment's language, and doctors in the state already require a parent or guardian's permission to start a minor on hormone therapy.
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