SJR2 Allows all Ohioans to vote this August
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Elizabeth Marbach
DATE: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Today, the Ohio House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2). SJR2 allows all 8 million registered voters to practice democracy this August 2023 and cast a ballot to determine our state's constitutional standards. If passed, SJR2 would require over 60% of the electorate's approval for a constitutional amendment to pass.
"Today is a great day for democracy. Ohioans are grateful that the Ohio House and Ohio Senate trust "we the people" by creating an election for all of us to self-determine what Ohio's future may look like. Speaker Jason Stephens and House Republicans made the clear statement today that they unequivocally trust Ohio's voters. Because of their leadership, the future of our state's constitution now rests completely in the hands of the people—not the political class—to debate amongst ourselves and come to a consensus." Ohio Right to Life's President, Michael Gonidakis, stated.
Ohio Right to Life specifically would like to thank State Representative Brian Stewart for leading the effort to protect Ohio's constitution and his consistent involvement, ensuring the success of this measure. Additionally, we are thankful to State Senators Theresa Gaverone and Rob McColley for introducing and sponsoring both SJR2 and Senate Bill 92.
The courage and steadfastness of so many in the General Assembly exhibited throughout this entire process cannot be overstated. Most notably, House Speaker Jason Stephens, Representatives Bob Peterson, and Jim Hoops displayed what it means to do the right thing, even in the face of adversity. Ohio Right to Life is sincerely grateful and encourages our statewide membership to thank all of the pro-life champions who voted to stand up for their pre-born neighbors and Ohioans today.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 35 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.