Ohio Supreme Court deliv­ers GOP vic­to­ry after rul­ing ‘unborn child’ may remain in abor­tion bal­lot lan­guage

The top court in Ohio hand­ed Repub­li­cans a small vic­to­ry on Tues­day by rul­ing in favor of keep­ing the term “unborn child” in the bal­lot lan­guage for a mea­sure on abor­tion pro­tec­tions that will be vot­ed on this Novem­ber.
The Ohio Supreme Court reject­ed a law­suit brought by Ohioans Unit­ed for Repro­duc­tive Rights against the GOP-con­trolled Ohio Bal­lot Board for omit­ting the word “fetus” from the bal­lot word­ing, which is used in the full text of the con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment being vot­ed on.
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“The bal­lot lan­guage thus unnec­es­sar­i­ly intro­duces an eth­i­cal judg­ment, at what stage of devel­op­ment a zygote, embryo, or fetus becomes a ‘child,’ which is beyond the scope of the mea­sure and about which Ohioans pro­found­ly dis­agree,” the law­suit stat­ed.
The state Supreme Court ruled against the repro­duc­tive rights activists, stat­ing that it “does not estab­lish that the bal­lot board’s lan­guage con­sti­tutes improp­er per­sua­sion.”
The office of Ohio Sec­re­tary of State Frank LaRose said in a state­ment to the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er that they were “pleased” with the court’s rul­ing.
“By reject­ing spe­cial inter­est attempts to sub­sti­tute their own care­ful­ly craft­ed and poll-test­ed lan­guage for that of the bal­lot board, they have ensured Ohi …