Human Rights Campaign Hails Victory as Voters Enshrine Reproductive Rights in Ohio’s Constitution

by Cullen Peele

Voters in Ohio Successfully Pass Issue 1, Codifying Abortion Protections in the State, Fending Off Attacks from MAGA Extremists Determined to Roll Back the Clock on Reproductive Freedom and LGBTQ+ Equality

COLUMBUS, OH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, celebrated the successful passing of Ohio’s Issue 1 ballot measure, enshrining abortion access in the state’s constitution.

Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson issued the following statement:

“Tonight, voters in Ohio decided to reject the lies and disinformation promoted by desperate MAGA politicians who know they’re on the wrong side of public opinion — and history. This victory for reproductive freedom is a shared win for the LGBTQ+ community. Far-right extremists were looking to dismantle progress for everyone, and we were proud to oppose them and to be part of the work to win in Ohio. We congratulate the reproductive freedom movement and the people of Ohio who showed up to the ballot box and made their voices heard.”

HRC mobilized our Ohio membership to the polls in support of Issue 1. Studies have shown that LGBTQ+ people, like most Americans, depend on abortion access, reproductive health, and family planning protections that are under threat. The data shows that LGBTQ+ women who have been pregnant are more likely to have had unwanted or mistimed pregnancies than heterosexual women and are more likely to need abortion services as well. Furthermore, their pregnancies are more likely to be the result of violence.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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