Issue 1: It’s About Much More than Abortion

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Ohioans began voting on Issue 1 on October 11. Voting concludes on November 7. If you have not yet voted, there is something you ought to know: Issue 1 is about a whole lot more than abortion, and the activist groups behind the sexual revolution are hoping you don’t know that. They are hoping that they can get this wide-ranging and dangerous amendment passed before you realize what they are doing.

First, Issue 1 is definitely about abortion. It eliminates all restrictions on abortion except when a fetus—a baby, a human child, a human being—is determined to be viable. However, even that restriction can be wiped away for the mother’s “health,” a matter the amendment does not bother to define. Physical health, mental health, emotional health—the amendment doesn’t say.

Second, banking on the fact that an amendment loosening restrictions on abortion will probably pass, several more insidious provisions have been tacked on to Issue 1. They are hoping you won’t notice. Paragraph A states this:

  1. Every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions, including but not limited to decisions on:
  2. contraception;
  3. fertility treatment;
  4. continuing one’s own pregnancy;
  5. miscarriage care; and
  6. abortion

Did you see it? It said, “every individual.” It didn’t provide an age. It empowers your twelve-year-old daughter to make her own reproductive decisions.

Did you see it? It said, “make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions.” This ensures that you as a parent cannot interfere with your ten-year-old’s “reproductive decisions.”

Did you see it? It said, “including but not limited to.” In other words, it empowers your fourteen-year-old daughter to decide to transition to a man (which is definitely a “reproductive decision”). It empowers your eight-year-old son to decide to transition to a girl. It empowers your children to make life-altering decisions that they (and you) will regret for a lifetime.

Paragraph B promises that the State will not get in the way:

  1. The State shall not, directly or indirectly, burden, penalize, prohibit, interfere with, or discriminate against either:
  1. An individuals voluntary exercise of this right or
  2. A person or entity that assists an individual exercising this right, unless the State demonstrates that it is using the least restrictive means to advance the individual’s health in accordance with widely accepted and evidence-based standards of care.

Did you see it? The employees at your child’s public school can assist your child’s attempt at gender transition, and the State (nor any other entity) won’t stop them, and neither can you.

Am I trying to scare you? No—I am trying to wake you up as to the danger this amendment poses to Ohio’s parents and children.

One last thing: you might be saying to yourself, Oh, they’ll never take it that far. That’s just an illegitimate “slippery slope” argument.

Oh, Really? Can you say, NCAATitle IX? The sexual revolutionaries have ALREADY demonstrated how far they’ll go with this gender madness. It’s no slippery sloe – it is their openly stated intent. The question is, are you taking them at their word?