What is the Ohio Personhood Amendment?

Personhood Ohio is an organization committed the restoring the personhood rights of unborn children through an amendment to the Ohio constitution. Our ballot initiative has been approved by the state of Ohio and we are currently in the process of gathering 385K+ signatures by July 4th to put the amendment on the ballot in the November elections.

The wording of the proposed amendment is as follows:

Article 1, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution states, "All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety."

Article 1, Section 16 states, "All courts shall be open, and every person, for an injury done him in his land, goods, person, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law, and shall have justice administered without denial or delay."

The Ohio Personhood Amendment will insert Section 16(b):

"Person" and "men" defined: 

(A) The words "person" in Article 1, Section 16, and "men" in Article 1, Section 1, apply to every human being at every stage of the biological development of that human being or human organism, including fertilization. 

(B) Nothing in this Section shall affect genuine contraception that acts solely by preventing the creation of a new human being; or human "eggs" or oocytes prior to the beginning of the life of a new human being; or reproductive technology or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures that respect the right to life of newly created human beings.