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Lawmakers continue to focus on abortion rights after passage of Issue 1

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock

It’s been just over a week since the vote in which Ohioans definitively said “yes” to enshrining rights to an abortion up until the point of viability in the constitution, so the matter should be settled now, right? Not exactly.

Both sides of the aisle have some ideas on what the next steps are for this issue, but four Republican lawmakers have come up with an interesting idea. They’ve proposed a law they say would strip Ohio judges, including members of the Supreme Court, of their power to interpret the abortion rights amendment.

On this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson talks with Dan Kobil, a law professor at Capital University in Columbus, about the plausibility of this strategy.

Snollygoster of the Week

The OSU-Michigan game is closing in, with just over a week away until the big rivalry game. And with every major event, politicians are also involved.

This week (and next week) the Snollygoster award goes to both Ohio and Michigan politicians, who are betting on which team will win the rivalry game.

Money isn’t on the table, however. The Ohio politicians are betting things like Graeter’s ice cream and a basket of buckeyes, and politicians up north are betting Detroit style pizza and cherries from northern Michigan.

So for pandering to local food producers to make silly bets, Michigan and Ohio politicians win our Snollygoster of the Week award.

If you have a suggestion for our "Snollygoster of the Week" award, a question or a comment, send them to snollygoster@wosu.org.