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Opponents of the amendment, including some liberal groups and legal experts, said during the campaign that the question’s broad prohibitions against government intervention in the health care system could hurt Ohio’s ability to enforce related state laws and regulations.

Marc Spindelman, a law professor who specializes in constitutional law at Ohio State University, said the question for the courts is whether the amendment can be stretched to apply to the Hershberger family’s situation.

“It’s not clear the health care amendment helps clarify the issue,” he said. “It’s not a slam dunk.”