David Mahan from Center for Christian Virtue joins Heartbeat team members Andrea Trudden, Jessica Warner, and Lora Current to discuss the national ramifications of the recent election in Ohio that resulted in the enshrinement of abortion into the state constitution.
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- Amendments that states like MI and OH went up against are confusing and broadly worded; this caused much division among voters
- Voters responded strongly to the concern over parental rights (even over abortion rights)
- Abortion is just one piece of the “reproductive decisions” wording that is used
- The abortion lobby falsely claimed that without this amendment, women could not get care for a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Pro-life efforts were outspent by roughly 20 million dollars in media advertising by the abortion lobby in Ohio this election season
- Church engagement is vital. Ohio saw an increase in churches speaking out against Issue 1, but we still needed more.
- Some people assumed that Ohio is a “life state” and an abortion amendment could never pass. There weren’t enough people willing to get out and vote, or who didn’t realize the severity of Issue 1.
- Nine additional states could have a similar amendment on the ballot next year
- In Ohio, existing pro-life regulations will be challenged in the courts. It will be difficult to uphold anything on parental rights, abortion limits, etc. when put up against the new amendment
- Pregnancy Help Organizations are vital now more than ever in states like Ohio to be there for women as abortion is pushed on them even more than before