Ohio city repeals measure that criminalized abortion

In a vote of 6-1 the city of Mason, Ohio repealed the ordinance that went into effect on November 24

Updated: December 16, 2021 - 2:45pm

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An Ohio city that recently voted to criminalize abortion has reversed its decision.

The city council of Mason, Ohio, this week repealed the ordinance in a 6-1 vote, after two voting members who originally supported the ban were not re-elected in November, according to the Associated Press.

The initial vote made it illegal to seek or perform an abortion inside the city limits, as well as to "aid and abet" the medical procedure by paying for it, or providing transportation or medical instruction. 

Mason does not have any abortion clinics and is not planning on constructing any, nor does the close-by town of Lebanon, which was the state's first city to ban abortions back in the spring. 

The now-repealed law went into effect on Nov. 24, Though mostly symbolic, it drew significant pushback by abortion rights supporters.

Over 2,000 of the city's 30,000 residents signed a petition that would have placed the issue on the ballot, for the people to decide upon, in May or the coming November.