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Efforts to repeal Missouri abortion ban hits roadblock

The ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy is slated to take effect Aug. 28.

June 06, 2019 - 11:12 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Efforts to repeal Missouri's new abortion ban with a public vote have hit a roadblock. 

The ACLU of Missouri had submitted a referendum petition on the legislation after Parson signed it. A referendum would force a public vote on the law in 2020, and prevent it from taking effect until then. ​

Related: Gov. Parson signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

While the ban on most abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy is slated to take effect Aug. 28, another section on parental notification for minors receiving abortions, was enacted when Gov. Mike Parson signed the bill last month. 

The state's top election official says that's because of what's known as an emergency clause, making part of the measure take effect immediately. 

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said in a press conference Thursday that the state Constitution prohibits a referendum on the bill. 

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