Missouri Abortion-Rights Group Gets, Submits Enough Signatures To Put Measure On Ballot

A "Vote Here" sign is displayed outside Leawood City Hall in Leawood, Kansas, on July 29, 2022. - Voters in the US state of Kansas are headed to the polls on August 2, 2022, in the first electoral test of Americans stance on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned the national right to the procedure in June. Kansans will decide whether to change the traditionally conservative midwestern state's constitution to remove language that the Kansas supreme court ruled in 2019 guarantees to the right to abortion there. Those in favor of the amendment "yes" voters say the change would allow legislators to regulate abortion without judicial interference. (Photo by Caitlin WILSON / AFP) (Photo by CAITLIN WILSON/AFP via Getty Images)

A proposed amendment to enshrine abortion access in Missouri’s constitution cleared a key hurdle Friday to appear on the ballot this year after a coalition of reproductive rights advocates submitted the required number of valid signatures to state officials.

Missourians for Constitutional Freedom, the group leading the ballot effort, announced it had collected signatures from more than 380,000 registered voters — more than the approximately 172,000 it needed to move forward with the process of qualifying their proposal for the ballot.

The group had faced a May 5 deadline to submit the signatures.

The proposed amendment would enshrine language in the state constitution that protects abortion rights up until fetal viability, or around the 24th week of pregnancy, with exceptions after that point for the life and health of the mother.

The amendment specifically states that the government “shall not deny or infringe upon a person’s fundamental right to reproductive freedom” which the amendment defines as all decisions related to reproductive health care, explicitly including “birth control,” “abortion care” and “miscarriage care” — up until fetal viability.

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