A ballot effort seeking to criminalize abortion in Ohio has failed to clear an initial hurdle.
The Ohio Attorney General's office says backers failed to submit the required number of valid petition signatures. 842 valid signatures were submitted. 1 thousand were needed. Backers want to change the Ohio Constitution to "prohibit abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception" and to declare the act aggravated murder, meaning the doctor and the woman would face criminal charges. The state has not publicly identified the backers.