Victory at Supreme Court for Personhood Ohio

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The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the Ohio Personhood Amendment.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge (case 2012-0070) which Personhood Ohio says was aimed at blocking them from circulating a personhood petition. Personhood Ohio is currently circulating the citizen-initiated personhood amendment petition that would allow Ohioans a vote to define all human beings as persons, thereby ending abortion throughout the state.

An organization called Healthy Families Ohio brought the suit in January, asking the Court to split the citizen initiative into two separate measures, after the Ohio Ballot Board ruled the Ohio Personhood Amendment dealt with, and could move forward as, a single subject. According to Personhood Mississippi, abortion proponents have previously used the title “Healthy Families” to oppose personhood efforts. Mississippians for Healthy Families listed Planned Parenthood employees as two of their three board members. The Mississippi group received over a million dollars from Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country.

NBC 4 reported that Healthy Families Ohio also charged that the ballot title, describing the effects of the amendment, was not a "fair and truthful" description of the measure.

The Ohio Personhood Amendment would define the terms "person" and "men" to "apply to every human being." It reads: "'Person' and 'men' defined: The words ‘person’...and ‘men’...apply to every human being at every stage of development of that human being, including fertilization.” The amendment language continues, stating that "Nothing in this section shall affect genuine contraception that acts solely by preventing the creation of a new human being; or human ‘eggs’ or oocytes prior to the beginning of the life of a new human being; or reproductive technology or In Vitro Fertilization procedures that respect the right to life of newly created human beings.”

Personhood Ohio has until July to collect the 385,000 signatures required to reach the 2012 ballot.

“This ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court confirms what personhood supporters have been explaining all along. Recognizing the legal rights of all persons, regardless of their size or age, will simply put an end to their destruction,” commented Ohio Family Physician and Personhood Ohio Director, Dr. Patrick Johnston. “By dismissing this frivolous lawsuit, the Court got it exactly right. Contraception and reproductive medicine will continue to be widely available in our state. And contrary to the way it has been portrayed, personhood will not grant rights to human eggs. Rather, it will recognize that all men are endowed by our Creator with an unalienable right to life from the moment of our creation.”

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Jennifer Mason
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