'Corrupt': OH Secretary of State admits proposal would avert abortion rights after denying for months

'Corrupt': OH Secretary of State admits proposal would avert abortion rights after denying for months
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Image via screengrab.

Just days after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade last year, Ohio enforced a 6-week abortion ban "for three months before a state constitutional challenge blocked it," according to NPR.

Nearly one year later, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) is pushing Issue 1 — a proposal that would "make the constitution harder to amend," and saying his efforts are "100%" due to efforts to legalize abortion," News 5 Cleveland reports.

However, according to News 5 Cleveland, the secretary "has continuously denied that his idea is related to any specific policies."

READ MORE: 'Slap in the face': Ohio GOP passes bill to shut reproductive rights out of state constitution

Before the secretary admitted the real reason behind his proposal, abortion rights advocates were already convinced the secretary his goal was to "make it harder to make abortion a constitutional right."

LaRose previously said, "Campaigns will make this a fight over the provocative political issues of the moment… We all need to take a deep breath, put aside current political disputes, and ask whether this is the best way to govern our state over the long run."

Now, the secretary admits, "It's 100% about keeping a radical pro-abortion amendment out of our constitution," adding, "Issue 1 is 'one of the ways we can make sure they aren't successful.'"

Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters of Ohio said, "It is utterly shameful that Secretary LaRose or anyone would work to take this freedom away from us for just one issue."

She emphasized, "This is about corrupt politicians and special interest groups trying to trick everyday Ohio people into taking our own rights away."

READ MORE: GOP tries to keep abortion rights off ballot after major losses: 'Can’t win, so they cheat'

News 5 Cleveland's full report is available at this link. NPR's report is here.

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