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Proposed amendment in Ohio to deny medical treatment moves forward | Ohio

(The Center Square) — A civic-organizing group must now collect more than 100,000 signatures if it wants voters to decide on an amendment to the Ohio constitution that would allow anyone to refuse medical treatment, including including a vaccine.

Ohio’s voting board on Tuesday approved the “medical right to refuse law,” saying it was a unique proposal. Organizers said they hoped to present the proposed amendment to voters in May.

The proposed ballot initiative would prohibit an outside entity from forcing medical treatment on someone. It would also protect someone refusing medical treatment required by an employer, such as a hospital requiring an employee to receive a vaccine as a condition of employment.

Hamilton County board member and clerk Pavan Parikh wondered if the proposal would prevent the state from requiring glasses or corrective lenses for someone to get a driver’s license.

“My concern is the general concept of the medical right to refuse as an individual right versus the government right,” Parikh said.

In February, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost refuse a group’s attempt at a similar proposed amendment for the third time based on the summary.

Yost’s role in the petition process is to determine whether the summary is a fair and truthful representation of the proposed law. He said the petition submitted for the “Vaccine and Gene Therapy Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act” did not meet the requirement for a fair and truthful representation of the proposed law.

The “Medical Right to Refuse Act” proposed to remove this obstacle, and the second step in front of the Ohio polling station.

Once a summary is approved by Yost, the Ohio polling station determines whether the proposal contains a single law or multiple laws.

If the board certifies the petition, the group must collect signatures from at least 3% of registered voters based on ballots cast in the last gubernatorial election. Those signatures must come from at least 44 of the state’s 88 counties, and in each of those counties, the number must be at least 1.5 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

The petition must then be signed by the Secretary of State at least 10 days before the start of any session of the General Assembly, and the Secretary of State will send the petition to the General Assembly as soon as it is called. The general meeting has four months to decide.