Issue 1: Ohio vote delivers win for abortion-rights supporters

Ohio has rejected a Republican motion to make it harder to change the state's constitution - a move seen as a defeat for anti-abortion groups.
The Republican-controlled state legislature had hoped to raise the bar for constitutional amendments to 60% instead of a simple majority.

It was largely seen as a move to derail a planned referendum to place abortion rights into the constitution.

President Joe Biden called it a victory for democracy and for women.

The Republican-backed move was a "blatant attempt to weaken voters' voices and further erode the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions", Mr Biden said.

When the US Supreme Court ended the nationwide right of women have an abortion a year ago, a ban on the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy came into effect in Ohio - although it is currently on hold following a legal challenge.
source: bbc



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