Ohio GOP Senate candidates run on federal abortion bans despite huge loss last year

Three Ohio Republicans in the race for the U.S. Senate have been eyeing abortion bans and federal restrictions in recent debates, despite voters’ decision last year to adopt abortion rights in the state’s constitution.

Abortion has become a hot-button topic for the Republican candidates looking to unseat the vulnerable incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in one of the most competitive races this year. Last year, Ohioans approved Issue 1, an amendment enshrining reproductive rights in the state’s constitution.  

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose speaks during an election night watch party, Nov. 8, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo)

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who entered the race last year as the Republican front-runner, supported banning abortion after six weeks with exceptions to saving the life of the mother, but not in cases
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