Protect Women Ohio Releases Two New Anti-Issue 1 Ads During Final Days of Campaign

The proposed constitutional amendment puts Ohio women and children at risk by removing commonsense health and safety protections for women and eliminating parental consent laws.

COLUMBUS, OH — Protect Women Ohio (PWO), the coalition opposing Issue 1, released two new ads urging a NO vote on the proposed radical anti-parent abortion measure. The 30-second spots, “Coach” and “911,” highlight the extreme nature of Issue 1, which will eviscerate parental rights, allowing minors to obtain abortions without parental consent, and wipe out commonsense health and safety protections for women.

The first spot, “Coach,” focuses on Issue 1’s attack on parental consent laws, which will put Ohio children at risk. The ad highlights a case from 2004 where an Ohio soccer coach forced his 14-year-old rape victim to have an abortion in an attempt to cover his crimes. He skirted Ohio’s parental consent laws by posing as the young girl’s father. His crimes were discovered, and he was rightfully prosecuted. If Issue 1 passes, the soccer coach would not even need to pretend to be the girl’s father – he could take his victim to have an abortion without her parents ever knowing.

Watch “Coach” HERE.

Ad Audio:

(Female Voiceover)
A coach impregnated a 14-year-old.

He wanted to cover his tracks. So, he took her to Planned Parenthood. Posed as her father. Pushed her to get an abortion.

He was rightfully arrested.

But if this proposed amendment passes, he wouldn’t need to pose as her father. Parental consent will be abolished.

Your daughter’s coach could take her to get an abortion. While you, her parent, are left in the dark.

The second spot, “911,” takes aim at Issue 1’s removal of commonsense health and safety protections for women, like hospital transfer agreements and physician requirements, which will now be considered a “burden” under the proposed amendment. The ad features audio from a 911 call made from an abortion clinic in Kettering last week after a woman suffered bleeding due to complications during an abortion procedure. The clinic is owned by abortionist Martin Haskell. Haskell invented the barbaric partial-birth abortion technique in Ohio, and was previously ordered to close his Lebanon abortion clinic after failing to obtain a valid hospital transfer agreement. Issue 1 will allow unsafe clinics – like Haskell’s – to operate in the state, putting women’s lives at risk.

Watch “911” HERE.

Ad Audio:

(911 Call Audio)

Operator: 911, what’s the location of your emergency

Caller: It is a, uh, surgical center.

Operator: Is it the women’s medical center?

Caller: Yes, it is.

Operator: What’s going on there?

Caller: It was a complicated procedure…So they said bleeding from a difficult procedure, yes.

Voiceover: Issue 1 strikes down health protections, even allows people that are not doctors to perform abortions.

Women’s lives are at risk.

If issue 1 passes, get ready.

(911 Call Audio)

Caller: It was a complicated procedure.

Background on Issue 1

This extreme anti-parent amendment is just the latest example of the ACLU’s war on parental rights. Background on the ACLU’s war on parents is available HERE. The ACLU has a long and well-documented history of fighting against parental rights, including in Alaska and Indiana. The ACLU specifically calls out parental involvement on its website, saying it would restrict “teenagers’ access to abortion.” Heritage Action recently released a report and video about the ACLU’s attacks on parental rights in Ohio. In recent weeks, the ACLU has denounced parental notification requirements in schools, and the ACLU of Ohio’s chief lobbyist confirmed that stance on Twitter.

A legal analysis of the extreme anti-parent amendment is available HERE from constitutional scholars Carrie Campbell Severino, President of Judicial Crisis Network, and Frank J. Scaturro, a former special counsel to the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.


Protect Women Ohio is a pro-parent, pro-woman, pro-life coalition dedicated to defeating the ACLU’s extreme anti-parent amendment this November. PWO is made up of concerned family and life leaders, parents, health and medical experts, and faith leaders in Ohio.

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