Ohio’s GOP Attorney General Rejects ‘Personhood’ Amendment Petition

Yesterday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R), an opponent of abortion rights and former U.S. senator, rejected language in the so-called “Personhood Amendment” to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at conception. Personhood USA, the radical anti-abortion group pushing the amendment, will now have to go back and fix the language, then gather more than 385,000 signatures in the next nine months to get the proposal on the November 2012 ballot. DeWine concluded that the group’s summary was not a “fair and truthful” statement of the issue. Specifically, the summary claims the measure would not affect three things (including contraception and in vitro fertilization procedures), but protections for those three items are not spelled out in the amendment itself.