Issue 1 Explained With Ohio State Rep Jennifer Gross
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You asked- we’re answering! What is Issue 1 on August 8th and why are both sides of the aisle across the nation focused on it? For decades, deep-pocketed special interests have tried to manipulate Ohio’s Constitution to force their radical political agendas on the state. Now they’re looking to pass an initiative to legalize abortion up until birth, without parental consent. OH Rep. Jennifer Gross joins Resistance Chicks to discuss the upcoming ballot initiative and why voters must pass Issue 1 on August 8 to elevate the threshold to amend the constitution to 60 percent and protect our state.
The radical left and Planned Parenthood have targeted Ohio in an attempt to put our state on par with California when it comes to killing babies in the womb. Not only that, but they would like to use the weak Constitutional Amendment process in Ohio to enact a progressive agenda by majority vote.
The Ohio Constitution has been amended 172 times and is 15x longer than the US Constitution. Special Interest groups spent over $50 million to amend the Ohio Constitution in the last 3 elections. Issue 1 is designed to counter the extremist abortion lobby’s push to permit the killing of preborn life – at any stage in pregnancy – this November. Abortion is currently legal in Ohio through 22 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy. Just days ago, the well-funded abortion lobby – which hired professional, out-of-state name gatherers – submitted enough petitions to place a pro-abortion measure on the state’s ballot in November. The abortion groups – Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom and Protect Choice Ohio – needed to collect 413,000 valid signatures to place the Ohio Right to Make Reproductive Decisions Including Abortion Initiative (2023) on the November ballot. They submitted 710,131.
Though the signatures still must be validated by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, the sheer number of names submitted practically guarantees that it will be placed on the November ballot. The abortion lobby is set to spend a breathtaking $35 million to pass the measure in November. It would legalize abortion in Ohio throughout all stages of a woman’s pregnancy and enshrine abortion as a so-called “right” in the state’s constitution. If passed, the Right to Make Reproductive Decisions Initiative would also destroy parental rights by permitting minors to receive abortions and so-called sex-change surgeries without parental notification. Ohio’s Center for Christian Virtue (CCV), a Focus on the Family-allied state family policy council, says this initiative would lead to a loss of 30,000 preborn babies every year to abortion in Ohio.
Vote Yes on Issue One. Ohio’s Constitution is a foundational document that establishes our form of government and protects our individual freedoms. Today, the Constitution is far too easy to amend and should have the same protections as the U.S. Constitution and the majority of other states. It should not be amended based on policy priorities of deep-pocketed special interests or the changing political winds. What Issue 1 Does
● Elevates the Standard. By raising the threshold for constitutional amendments to 60%, the People will ensure amendments have widespread support and tell special interests that our Constitution is not for sale. This will protect Ohio’s Constitution similar to the way the U.S. Constitution has been protected since our country’s founding.
● Empowers People Across Ohio. By requiring signatures from voters in every county, special interests will no longer be able to cherry-pick where they gather signatures. Instead, starting January 1, 2024, a diverse and representative population of Ohioans will determine whether proposed amendments appear on the ballot.
● Eliminates Second Bites at the Apple . By restricting do-overs on signature submissions, starting January 1, 2024, special interests will have one chance to play by the rules when gathering signatures to place proposed amendments on the ballot. What Issue 1 Does Not Do
● End citizen-led constitutional amendments.
● Change Ohioans ability to make changes in the Ohio Revised Code.
● Remove the People’s critical role in our state government
For ALL the information you need on Issue 1
Visit Jennifer’s Website: www.jenniferforrep.com
Jennifer has lived and breathed “SERVICE before SELF” for as long as she can remember. There is nothing like the honor of serving our neighbor and standing strong for the things that we hold dear.
The first amendment lists religious liberty as the first freedom to be protected. Jennifer believes what George Washington said in his farewell address: “religion and morality are indispensable supports” to a free society. No right should be dearer than the rights of conscience against civil authority.
Jennifer believes traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and is best for rearing children and instilling cultural values.
The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, Jennifer upholds the sanctity of human life and affirms that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. The Fourteenth Amendment protections apply to children before birth. Jennifer will always oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations that do.
Jennifer will fight to uphold our inalienable right to keep and bear arms. Gun ownership enables Ohioans to exercise their God given right to self defense. As a CCW holder, Jennifer salutes those who tirelessly fight to maintain that right and will advocate fearlessly to not only protect these rights but she also supports constitutional carry. She champions all legislation that supports your constitutional RIGHT to bear arms.
As a Conservative Republican, Jennifer believes our party is the party that provides the greatest opportunity to learn, work and realize the American dream. Republicans are on the “right” side of hope in these challenging times in Ohio. Government cannot create prosperity for it is freedom that allows families to succeed, maintain their independence, raise their children and practice their faith. This in turn allows us to build communities and succeed in the work place.
Supporting economic growth, by staying out of the wallet of businesses that choose Ohio as their home, is a clear path forward. Making Ohio not ONLY attractive, but IRRESISTIBLE to small and large business owners will be one of Jennifer’s first goals as your state legislator. Lowering tax rates and simplifying our tax code for the business owner are two of her top priorities. She is the main sponsor of HB234 which would RID Ohio of the Commerical Activities Tax.
Jennifer Gross promises to support and defend all that you hold dear and sincerely appreciates your support.
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