Group Files Initiative Petitions to Add Abortion Rights to the Missouri Constitution

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An abortion rights group on Wednesday filed eleven initiative petitions with the Secretary of State’s office to provide protections for the procedure in the state constitution. The proposals, filed by a political action committee called Missourians for Constitutional Freedom, would amend the constitution to declare that the “government shall not infringe upon a person’s fundamental right to reproductive freedom.” Each proposal states that there must be “a compelling governmental interest” for abortion restrictions to be put in place; however, each differs as to the specifics of what is allowable. Regardless, the proposals would effectively roll back the current pro-life protections in Missouri. 

The Secretary of State’s office is now accepting public comments on the 11 versions of the proposed amendment. The office will then write a summary and supporters can then begin gathering signatures to place the issue on the 2024 ballot.

March 10, 2023 - 11:13am

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