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Missouri abortion restrictions will not be up for vote, ACLU shifts focus

The law that bans abortions at or after 8 weeks of pregnancy goes into effect Aug. 28.

August 16, 2019 - 12:22 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Turns out, there won't be a public vote over upcoming Missouri abortion restrictions.

The American Civil Liberties Union believes it's impossible to collect the roughly 100,000 voter signatures needed in two weeks. That's when most of the new law takes effect.

The law bans abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for medical emergencies — but not for rape or incest. 

Abortion-rights advocates had to wait for Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to certify the petition before collecting signatures.

The ACLU says they're now shifting focus to register voters for the 2020 election.

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