The Ohio Ballot Board has decided to keep the proposed Personhood Amendment petition together in one part rather than separating it in two pieces. By a 3-2 vote, the board ruled there was no reason to separate the amendment. This means backers of the proposal can now start circulating petitions in one complete part. Opponents, like Gary Doughtery with Planned Parenthood of Ohio, argued the proposed Personhood amendment should be broken into two parts. He said keeping it one part would be more confusing for voters if it goes to the statewide ballot. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles asked Doughtery how it would have been less confusing to voters if the amendment had been divided into two parts.
Backers of the Ohio Personhood Amendment can begin taking their petitions to Ohioans to get signatures to put the issue on the statewide ballot. If they are successful, Ohioans will be given the opportunity to vote on the legislation that would give a fertilized egg the same rights in the eyes of Ohio law as a person.