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Unpacking the debate over parental rights in Ohio's Issue 1

Voters line up at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road to vote early for the August 8 special election.
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Voters line up at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road to vote early for the August 8 special election.

Voting has begun on Issue 1, the abortion rights amendment. Opponents argue that parents will lose the right to have a say if their child chooses an abortion.

This week on Snollygoster, host Mike Thompson discusses the issue with Capital University law professor Dan Kobil and Dr. Courtney Kerestes, a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

Issue 1

Voters are deciding one of the most controversial issues of our time—whether Ohio should enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution.

In the final four weeks, the campaigns for and against Issue 1 will intensify. The Yes on One side has been running ads for weeks, urging voters to support the abortion rights amendment. This week, the No on One side unveiled its first major ad buy. It features Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife, Fran, looking right at voters and urging them to vote no.

One of the arguments the governor, his wife and other abortion rights opponents make is that parents will lose the right to have a say if their daughter chooses to have an abortion.

We look at that argument from a legal and medical perspective.

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