Amendment that would have defined abortion as murder will not make Ohio ballot
COLUMBUS, September 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A constitutional amendment that would have prohibited every form of abortion from the moment of conception will not appear on the Ohio state ballot on November 8, the attorney general has ruled.
The petition would have established that anyone who took the life of an unborn child “is guilty of aggravated murder, and shall be punished in accordance with the penalties for that crime.”
Aggravated murder brings a penalty of life in prison, with the possibility of parole at 20 years, at the earliest, under the state criminal code.
The filing, submitted on September 2, said the measure would not have affected “genuine contraception” that is not abortifacient, nor “IVF procedures that respect the life of newly created human beings.” At the time, Faith2Action President Janet Porter told LifeSiteNews, “I'm for any measure that will protect unborn children. It's time for pro-lifers to quit bickering and unite behind bringing abortion to an end by every means possible.”
But Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wrote on Monday that they obtained only 842 of the 1,000 verified signatures necessary to place the initiative on the ballot.
The ballot initiative was the work of a handful of people – primarily Anthony Dipane of Monroe Falls, Laura Burton of Cleveland, and Dustin Paulson of Strasburg – who say they circulated the petition without funding from any national organization.
“I have not made any determination concerning the fairness and truthfulness of your proposed summary,” DeWine wrote to the petitioners.