A vital early step was cleared last week by advocates for a proposed constitutional amendment that would provide individuals with an absolute “medical right” to refuse vaccinations, or any medical intervention, without consequences.
The CMA has been an active coalition member in successfully opposing proposals like this in the Ohio General Assembly. Failing to get their desired outcome in the Legislature, advocates are going down the citizen initiative path.
The Ohio Attorney General approved the language submitted by the advocates as a fair and truthful representation of the proposal. The official language can be found here.
This proposal would seem to remove the underpinnings of many public health disease prevention efforts and would eliminate employer ability to establish work conditions around the vaccination of any employees.
Now that the AG has cleared the language, advocates will go to the Ballot Board to get approval of specific language for a ballot initiative. Should that step be completed, then a signature-gathering process would commence.
Approximately 440,000 valid signatures from over half of Ohio’s counties would need to be certified prior to the issue going on the ballot. The timing for these steps is unclear at this point in time.
The CMA will remain actively engaged with its opposition to this policy idea.