Abortion issue in Ohio to move forward as single issue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a blow to opponents of abortion in Ohio, a fall vote to enshrine access to the procedure in the state constitution will not be split into two questions separate ones – one on abortion and one on all other reproductive care.

In a ruling on Thursday, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with Ohio’s bipartisan voting committee over a pair of anti-abortion voters who argued that abortion should be seen as its own question.

The justices disagreed, leaving out ballot wording proposed by Ohio Doctors for Reproductive Rights and Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom. Both groups face a July 5 deadline to collect the signatures needed to make the November ballot.

The polling station, chaired by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, considered whether to split the proposed question in two and determined that it was on only one topic.

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