Headline RoundupAugust 9th, 2023

Ohio Voters Reject Issue 1 in Win for Abortion Supporters

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Ohio voters rejected Issue 1 on Tuesday, a proposal to make it harder to amend the state’s constitution.

The Details: If the measure passed, it would have complicated a separate ballot initiative to enshrine abortion access, which voters will take up in November. Because Issue 1 failed, the threshold to pass future ballot measures will stay at 50% rather than the proposed 60%.

Key Quotes: "Together, we’ve delivered this unbelievable and amazing, but absolutely true result of what Ohioans really want," Dr. Marcela Azevedo, the leader of Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights said. "We’re actually trying to make it harder for out of state special interests to rewrite the Ohio constitution," Republican Ohio Sen. JD Vance said.

How the Media Covered It: Left- and center-rated sources covered the news as a top story on Wednesday. Most right-rated sources didn't. HuffPost (Left bias) called the vote "a first crucial step to protect abortion rights" before November's vote, and said "anti-choice Republicans in the state called for a special election to raise the vote threshold in a preemptive attempt" to hinder abortion rights. Fox News (Right) said conservatives viewed the proposed change as "needed to protect the state from a radical liberal agenda," but that it "failed to pass in a lopsided vote."

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